Ask people who live here, and they will tell you that Mount Desert Island changes radically with the seasons, one of which goes by the name “tourist.”
But despite the island’s millions of seasonal sightseers who descend on MDI and Acadia National Park each year between Memorial Day and Columbus Day, the fluctuation of people is not always the defining factor of the island’s public spaces.
Northeast Creek is one such locale. Sparsely visited by canoers and kayakers in the summer, the tidal estuary takes on an entirely different character in winter, when the creek often freezes hard enough to allow skaters to glide along its winding, marsh-lined waterway. For roughly two miles, the creek meanders through marshy expanses and along forested embankments, with few houses visible in the distance along the way, before it fades into adjacent wetlands.
For all of the beauty of Acadia’s rugged ocean shore, few parts of MDI offer the scenery and tranquility of Northeast Creek in the winter.