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Visitor Center is closed for the winter. Annual Park Passes are now available at the Harbor House during their regular business hours. Passes are $25 during December. Cash or check only please - make checks out to the National Park Service. More info: 244-3713

Harbor House Community Center Presents: Annual Community Holiday Celebration

Wendell Gilley Museums' Holiday Open House and Carving Show

Mount Desert Islands Christmas Bird Count
Coda Presents: Coig

Coda Presents: The Country Strummers Reunion

Harbor House Community Center Presents: Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Coda Presents: Blake Rosso

Coda Presents: Chris Gray and Friends
Acadia 100th will wrap up Saturday

Talk to shine light on solar power

Cruise ship discharges draw fine

COA president urges child protections

Police, fire escort aids Pearl Harbor veteran
Welcome to New Chamber Member, Camp Capella, Inc.!

Healthy Acadia is going strong

Healthy Acadia Presents: Taking Action For Health: FREE workshops offered

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course at Camp Beech Cliff

A Special Announcement from Hinckley
“100 Words for Acadia” Literary Winners Announced

Acadia Centennial Celebration Plans a Final Blaze of Glory in Final 100 Days

Drums, chorus, speeches celebrate Acadia 100

Autumn leaves and the Acadia Centennial make September brilliant

Acadia Centennial Section at

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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