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Half-price Park Passes now available at the Harbor House Office, Mon-Fri 8AM - 4PM thru December 21. Price is $28; cash or checks only. (Make checks to National Park Service.)

MDI Historical Society Presents: Sound Schoolhouse Holiday Party

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Drawing Boats, Yachts, Ships & the Sea

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Art for the Youngest

Wendell Gilley Museum Presents: Holiday Open House, Carving Show & Student Art Show

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Peace Crane Folding
Fogtown Brewing Presents: Chris Ross

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Fogtown Family Band

Sips Presents: Community Jam

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Ryan Miller

Coda Presents: Christmas Party with The Blake Rosso Band
Grant supports charging stations

Town offices’ holiday hours

Chief: Fire like 1947 less likely – Volunteer shortage persists

Time to register Fido

MDI Christmas week services
Exhibition at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in Celebration of Women's History Month

Island Housing Trusts' Holiday Lights Celebration

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust First Annual Toy Drive

Christmas Bird Count with Michael Good

Open House and Carving Show at the Wendell Gilley Museum

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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