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Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Emma Albee's Handmade Cards

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: An Acadian Winter with Bob Thayer

Wendell Gilley Museum Hosts: "Little Big Year" with Rich MacDonald
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MDI Regional School System budget approved

One appeal denied, one withdrawn for proposed campground

Staff oppose leaving school system

Tremont town manager resigns
COVID-19 Vaccine Public Service Announcement - 1.13.21

COVID-19 Public Service Announcement

Women's History Month March 2021: Southwest Harbor Public Library Community Exhibition

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Supports COVID-19 Testing Program for Island Schools

Welcome to new member Downeast Scenic Railroad!
National Park Service Cancels Solicitation for Proposals at Acadia National Park for Wildwood Stables

Park Loop Road will close to motor vehicles for the season on Dec 1

Acadia National Park Announces Vehicle Reservations for the Sand Beach Entrance and Cadillac Summit Road

The Quietside of Acadia

Mountains rising from the ocean, forests stretching to granite cliffs, lakes nestled in glacial valleys, crashing surf on a rocky shoreline. It is little wonder that nearly three million people come each year to Mt Desert Island (often just called "MDI") to enjoy Acadia National Park. So, how can an island that hosts millions of people have a quiet side?

MDI is roughly circular with a fjord, Somes Sound, through its center that nearly cuts it in two. Acadia covers just over half of MDI, about a third of the park is west of the sound.

Most tourists to the island head to Bar Harbor on the northeast coast, which is home to several large hotels and is a popular stop for cruise ships. Tremont and Southwest Harbor are the principal towns on the west side of MDI. First settled by fishermen, the towns retain their maritime heritage boasting healthy fishing fleets and myriad boat yards.

Although less traveled than the east side, the Quietside of Acadia offers plenty of services for visitors, as this website shows. We invite you to browse the site to learn about Acadia National Park and our community. Or better still, come for a visit and enjoy Acadia away from the crowds.

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