Mount Desert Island was named in 1604
by French explorer Samuel Champlain on
account of the summits of its various mountains being devoid
But the rest of Acadia has an abundance of spruce-fir
(which dominated the park before a 1947 fire burned 10,000
acres), birch, aspen and oak.
The list of Acadia’s fauna is extensive: birds include
pileated woodpeckers, the American bald eagle,
the peregrine falcon, and black-throated green
warblers. Mammals such as red squirrels, moose,
beavers, the brown bat, the black bear, the white-tailed
deer and the red fox can also be seen.
And there is a wide variety of ocean life which can be
observed from Acadia’s shores – whale watching excursions
and tide-pooling are popular activities, with lobster
featuring heavily on every restaurant’s menu.