Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Maine
Bar Harbor Maine

The resort community of Bar Harbor is found on the lobster claw shaped Mount Desert Island in down-east Maine. Surrounded by Acadia National Park on three sides and the Frenchman Bay on its fourth side, Bar Harbor has been described as an artistic, culinary and social center. The town is home to a wide array of services, accommodations, dining establishments, shops, galleries, activities and nightlife. Bar Harbor is renowned for being inspirational, relaxing and for its diversity of outdoor activities.

Population: 4820
Industries: Tourism, Lobstering, Fishing
Major Attraction: Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park

Otter Cliff Acadia National Park Maine
Otter Cliff, Acadia National Park, Maine

Explore Acadia National Park, nearly 50,000 acres of woodlands, mountains, lakes and shoreline. Travel the scenic 27-mile Park Loop Road through Acadia, making sure to stop at Thunder Hole. When the wind is strong, the water rushes into this inlet, traps and compresses air and the result is a thunderous boom. If you are interested, spend some time hiking the miles of motor-free carriage roads, take a dip in the Gulf of Maine or perhaps take a horseback ride through parts of the park. Climb the twisty road to the top of Cadillac Mountain – the highest point on the eastern seaboard north of Brazil and the first place the sun rises in the United States. Rise 1000 feet in only three miles. Admission charged.

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    Amy Reissner

    Looking for a luxurious seaside resort on the Bay of Fundy.

    Art Carlson

    We are coming to bar harbor next week to see whales and relax.
    We would like to see bay of fundy tides also.
    Is it best to drive or is there a ferry from bar harbor to lessen driving time?
    Thanks
    Art

      Mike Postma

      Hi Art, it depends on where you want to go. If you want to cross to the Canadian side, you’re best of driving to New Brunswick. You can definitely see the tides there (Hopewell Rocks is a great spot). If you wanted to go to the Nova Scotia side of the Bay of Fundy you have the option to drive around the bay or to take the ferry from Saint John, NB. If you’re in Bar Harbour next week you’ll probably have a chance to see up to 10ft tides right there (It goes up to about 14ft around a full moon). Just remember that the tidal range gets larger the further up the bay you go.

      Leanne Teter

      I was hoping for a Bay of Fundy excursion preferably by water. Does this service exist?

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