ArtWaves MDI Presents: Ink, Watercolor & Wax on Rice Paper Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Health Insurance Basics with Kathy Mulligan and Kevin Hunt Southwest Harbor Historical Society Presents: Historic Cemeteries of SWH Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park Tremont Historical Society Event: Film "Deep Waters"
Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Ivey Menzietti Coda Presents: The Blake Rosso Band Fogtown Brewing Presents: Ryan Blotnick Trio Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Haynes and Bill Wixon Coda Presents: Adam Babcock
Numbers solid for new seasonal air carrier Entrance fee waived Sept. 22 High school numbers up Warrant committee opposes charter redo Voters OK street sweeper purchase
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors 2018 MDI Marathon
Cruise of MDI'S Great Harbor to make History come alive
Southwest Harbor Week Celebrates the Quietside of Acadia
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships
Seal Cove Auto Museum's 1928 Ford Huckster to be Featured on Jay Leno's Garage
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.