‘Before Acadia’ cruise planned

BAR HARBOR — An interpretive tour of Mount Desert Island’s coastline as seen by the original Champlain Society is planned for Sunday, Aug. 21, from 5-7:30 p.m. The cruise will set out on the Bar Harbor Whale Watch’s Friendship 5 from the town pier at 1 West Street and travel along the south side of the island and up Somes Sound.

The Champlain Society was a group of Harvard students who studied the geology, ornithology, botany and meteorology of MDI in the 1880s. Their concern for Mount Desert Island carried into their adult lives and contributed to the founding of Acadia National Park.

Passengers will be treated to specialty drinks and poems and music from the 1880s. An interactive citizen science station will provide a hands-on experience for both children and adults, and a variety of specialists will speak on topics studied by members of the Champlain Society as the boat passes places frequented by the young explorers.

The concession stand will sell food and beverages during the tour. Tickets can be purchased at

This event is co-hosted by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society, COA’s George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and the Bar Harbor Whale Watch. Contact the Mount Desert Island Historical Society at 276-9323.

The Mount Desert Island Historical Society fosters meaningful engagement with the histories of Mount Desert Island. Visit

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine. Visit

During more than 25 years of operation, the Bar Harbor Whale Watch has had the great pleasure of taking over one million people from around the world to see whales in the Gulf of Maine. Visit

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