Bar Harbor

44° 23′ 15″N , 68° 12′ 14″W

Bar Harbor

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Photo: Christian Collins

For decades we have passed by Bar Harbor, choosing to access the Hannaford grocery store and pharmacy by using the Acadia National Park/L. L. Bean bus from Northeast Harbor. With Covid, two things changed: the bus stopped servicing Northeast Harbor and the cruise ships stopped visiting Bar Harbor. We have found that Bar Harbor offers a host of services, including a well-staffed hospital emergency room, a well-organized harbor with municipal moorings and a friendly harbormaster, and even some wifi wafting out from the resorts complementing strong cellular service. When the cruise ships return in 2022 (ship numbers will be fewer than BC – Before Covid), the ambiance in the harbor and town may change a bit, but if you want a gazillion shops, restaurants, great provisioning, and the iconic Acadia National Park, give Bar Harbor a try.

Approach & Cautions

Photo: Google Earth

The most straightforward approach is to round Bald Porcupine Island and enter the harbor. The anchorage and town moorings are south of the fairway to the town landing and marina. One can also enter to the west of the breakwater (awash at high tide).

Google Earth image of Bar Harbor showing mooring field and alternate approaches

Bar Harbor chart

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Not to be used for Navigation .


Docking, Anchorages, or Moorings

As mentioned above, there are municipal moorings in the main harbor as well as room to anchor, and a large dinghy dock and trash dumpster at the town landing. Be advised that while there is a no wake zone, there is the occasional tour boat, yacht tender or lobster boat that might be a bit discourteous. For a quieter experience, you will find many visiting yachts anchored off College of the Atlantic west of Bar Island. The College has a dinghy dock.

VHF

Harbormaster – Channel 9 and 16

FUEL

NA

WATER

Contact Harbormaster.

ELECTRICITY

At town slips

SHOWERS

At Harbormaster building.

LAUNDRY

Bar Harbor Laundromat, open 24 hours 6 Pleasant St (207) 288-2824

WIFI

From hotels ashore, good with booster antenna, also 4 bars of Verizon LTE. Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt Desert St, (207) 288-4245

PUMP OUT

NA

SERVICES

NA

TRASH

Dumpster on town pier.

MEDICAL

MDI Hospital 10 Wayman Ln, (207) 288-5081

MORE BOAT AMENITIES

Getting Ashore

Photo: David Wilson

Harbormaster monitors Channel 9 and 16, 207-288-5571, Email: cwharff@barharbor.gov.

Soon to be on Dockwa.

The town’s dinghy dock is on the west side of the town pier, behind the dock where commercial fishing boats unload.

Peekytoe Provisions take out food waiting for pickup.

Photo: Peekytoe Provisions, TripAdvisor

Provisioning

Hannaford Supermarket, 86 Cottage St., (207) 288-3621, has a pharmacy.
Peekytoe Provisions, 244 Main St., is a small market/restaurant with local offerings.
Walgreens, 34 Cottage St., (207) 288-2222, is a good-sized drugstore/pharmacy.

MDI Ice Cream cone lying on black slate.

Photo: MDI Ice Cream

Dine Out

Bar Harbor has enough restaurants to meet just about any craving–wander up and down Main Street and the side streets. TripAdvisor can help you choose. After you’ve chosen where to dine, be sure to go to Mt. Desert Ice Cream, 7 Firefly Lane, across from the village green, for dessert, or mid-morning snack, or mid-afternoon snack…you get the idea.

lobster roll with butter
Peekytoe Provisions makes their lobster roll with butter, not mayo.

Acadia National Park stone bridge across road; leaves in full autumn color.

Photo: Paul VanDerWerf

Hikes

Acadia National Park has magnificent hiking trails. Catch a bus at the village green.

Abbe Museum exhibit of native canoe

Photo: Abbe Museum

Other Things To Do

Of course one of the main attractions of Bar Harbor is its proximity to Acadia National Park. The buses that line up at the village green also go to other locations on the island, so it’s a great way to explore.
In Bar Harbor, don’t miss the Abbe Museum, a contemporary museum that is the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, with a special emphasis on the history and culture of the Wabanaki people, on whose land Maine has been built.

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