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Sips Presents: FREE Thanksgiving Dinner!

Island Arts Association's Holiday Craft Fair

Island Arts Association's Holiday Craft Fair

YWCA MDI Presents: Children's Christmas Bazaar

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Wabanaki Tribal Nations, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice with Dr. Darren Ranco
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Students to get half a day off each week

Court finds for town in rental fee challenge

Staff shortages impact ambulance service

Acadia's 50 ‘orphan’ acres to be surveyed

Police called to shed light on property dispute
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Supports COVID-19 Testing Program for Island Schools

Welcome to new member Downeast Scenic Railroad!

Southwest Harbor Mourns the Loss of Chief Alan Brown

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

Welcome to New Member, Around the Sound Catering!

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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