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Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Halloween Book Trick or Treat

Thurston's Annual Trunk or Treat
artcal is currently unavailable
Cadillac closed 5 times in 3 days, end of reservations bring surge
Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization Increases Minimum Wage

ArtWaves October Exhibit at the Southwest Harbor Public Library

Healthy Acadia Announces Third Year of Mini-Grant Opportunities for Community Partners to Expand Youth Substance Use Prevention Initiatives

Forum on Women's Health, Pregnancy and COVID-19

MDI Hospital's Press Release August 27, 2021 regarding increased COVID cases in Hancock County
Brandon Bies Announced as New Deputy Superintendent

What to Expect in Acadia National Park in October and November

Project Underway to Identify Algal Toxins in US National Park Waterways

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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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