Bar Harbour is a nice little tourist town. And Acadia National Park is a nice park. But you know what? It’s not that special. Maybe we’re just spoiled with all the beautiful national parks we have in Quebec – but compared with some of the parks in the Charlevoix, Saguenay and Gaspesie, Acadia just doesn’t compare.
What IS nice about Acadia National Park is that Bar Harbour is RIGHT there, sitting outside the park. It probably saved my trip with Benjamin, because we were able to play tennis (in the town’s municipal tennis courts), watch sports on big screen-tvs (in its many family restaurants), and play mini-golf (they had amazing mini-golf courses all over the Bar Harbour area). It was ideal for travelling with a son who really doesn’t care much about seeing nature.
But as a park, Acadia is not that spectacular. It’s also packed full of tourists. I left looking forward to a visit to one of our quiet, more expansive and yes, more “rustic”, national parks.