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The population of Bar Harbor rises from its 5000 census to a summer seasonal peak of over 15,000 residents. The neighboring Acadia National Park hosts just under 3 million visitors each year; many of whom visit the Town’s fantastic restaurants, unique shopping choices, art galleries, museums, businesses, striking bed & breakfast options, our local parks, whale watch, harbor and offshore Puffin bird watching tours, including lobster tours combined with narration of the area’s abundant Gulf of Maine wildlife. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Bar Harbor by sea---this is a prized cruise ship port destination for large and small cruise ships from May to October. Bar Harbor is truly a microcosm of American seashore life; derived from a mix of traditional occupations of lobstering, fishing, tourism balanced with the extraordinary human talent employed by its award winning educational institutions, medical services and premier scientific research organizations. Welcome to our community today!