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Camden National Bank Presents: Cybersecurity Info Session

Fee Free Day in Acadia National Park

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Our Last Six Months: An Illustrated Memoir about Death, Cancer, End-of-Life Care, Love, Family, and Forgiveness with Emily Bracale

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Community Play Reading: William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and The Tempest with Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker

Southwest Harbor Public Library Presents: Southwest Harbor Drama Club
Coda Presents: Goldenoak

Village Green Arts Association Presents: The Amazing Grays

Sips Presents: Community Jam with Brian Kupiec

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Brian Williams

Sips Presents: Wednesday Night Music with Bill Shaw
Experts to discuss ticks, public input sought

Sign makers honored

Fiberight delays mean big costs

Mahaney graduates from officer academy

Parking, traffic changes approved
Acadia Chamber Just now Welcome to Acadia Cornerstone Real Estate!

League of Towns to Host Community Forum Focused on Ticks, Tick-borne Illness

Let's Go! for Child Care Providers: Tri-county Collaboration Offer Professional Development Opportunities

One World One Breath: World Tai Chi and Qiqong Day Events Set for April 28

Healthy Acadia will offer Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training

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 port 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 a classic Maine island vacation.

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