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ArtWaves Presents: Fiery Fall Leaves Stained Glass Mosaic

YWCA MDI Presents: Work From Home Summit

Wendell Gilley Museum's Family Program: Owl-oween

Bass Harbor Library Presents: Maine's Wild Dogs- Foxes and Coyotes

ArtWaves Presents: Nailed It!
Wendell Gilley Museum: "Abundance of Riches" Exhibit by Andrea Rich

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Stand Up Commedia

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Cold Weather Company

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: Fourth Quarter

The Barn Arts Collective Presents: We Are Pilgrims
Inn, town dispute parcel

Learning from the Great Fire of 1947

Hook property vote Tuesday

Court orders additional treatment for sex offender

Candy donations sought
Bar Harbor Bankshares Employees Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Healthy Acadia Welcomes New Board Members

Islesford Dock Restaurant Fundraiser To Challenge Cancer A Success

Bar Harbor Bankshares Hires Joseph G. Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Healthy Acadia's You've Got a Friend Fund Seeks Applicants and Donors

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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