We took the ferry from Bar Harbor to Winter Harbor, courtesy of the Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines, so we could experience Acadia without the crowds found on Mount Desert Island. The alternative to the ferry is a slow drive back to the mainland around the rocky coast to the peninsula. We needed a break from driving.
The Quoddy Dam is a seasoned working vessel, not a luxury yacht. As long as you don’t go expecting a ride on a big ship like the whale watching cruises, you won’t be disappointed. We saw lighthouses, seabirds and a dolphin on the journey and chatted with one of the seamen who is retired Navy. He pointed out some of the sights to us along the way.
When we arrived at the dock in Winter Harbor, the free Island Explorer bus was waiting for us. The driver took us to Schoodic Point, told us he’d be back in an hour and that we’d have time for lunch and still be able to make the 2:00 ferry.
Schoodic Point is a peaceful place to watch crashing waves, explore tide pools and see unique geology. There are dark channels running through the rocks here called diabase dikes. This is unique to this side of Acadia because the Schoodic Granite has a different structure than the granite that makes up Mount Desert Island.
Completely remote, there were only a few others out there with us. The fog was with us again so we didn’t have much of a view, but we hear you can see Cadillac Mountain from this point on a clear day.
True to his word, the bus driver was there an hour later and he took us where we wanted to go. If only the expensive commuter transit company back home was so efficient and friendly as this free bus!
Location: Schoodic Peninsula
Designation: National Park
Date designation declared: 7/8/1916
Date of my visit: August 2015
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11 thoughts on “Acadia National Park: Schoodic Peninsula”
I love it when you can find a little hidden gem away from the crowds. Always worth looking for.
Yes! Even in the busiest parks (and Acadia is one of them) you can usually find solitude somewhere.
beautiful post! After living there for three years, I am now officially homesick. Thank you for sharing your words and the photos.
Thanks! How wonderful it must have been to live there, though I’d imagine winters are tough.
I love the snow, so although winters are rough, it was a wonderful place to live. I think a big part of me was left there, it is a place that creeps into your soul and resides there. Loved your post.
Great post! We’re going to Acadia in Sept. & staying at Schoodic Campground!
Thanks! That’s great…have a wonderful time!
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