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The Visitor Center is Closed for the Winter.

Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Free Fly-Tying Workshop at Fogtown Brewing Company

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Pumpkin Festival

ArtWaves MDI Presents: Exploration of Freedom

Bass Harbor Memorial Library Presents: Nature Series: Owls
Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bud Williams

Fogtown Brewing Presents: Rose Hips & Ships

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Humphrey Go Cart

Fogtown Brewing Presents: H4H Pop-N-Downers 2019 US Tour

Island Arts Association's 44th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Bank food drive set

New park takes shape

Explorer buses set ridership record

Eeek festival at Schoodic

Workshop on dealing with chronic pain
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust 30th Annual Community Food Drive - Food For Good

Wabanaki Stories, Songs, History and Drumming

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

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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