Bernard is a small fishing village the southwestern edge of Mount Desert Island, a few miles west of Southwest Harbor and its array of shops and services. Picturesque Bernard lies directly across the waters of Bass Harbor from the village named Bass Harbor. Nearby, the colorful Bass Harbor Head Light guards the entrance to Bass Harbor.

Old wooden piers, lobster boats, lobster traps, and colorful buoys characterize the scene around the harbor, which is home to one of the largest lobstering fleets in Maine. Bernard Road connects Route 102 to the harbor, and along the road is found a collection of antique shops and art galleries. Next to the town wharf is a classic Maine lobster shack that serves up seafood and lobster as fresh as it gets.

Enjoy the loop drive along Routes 102 and 102A through the west side of the island, from Somesville to Southwest Harbor to Bass Harbor to Bernard to Pretty Marsh and back to Somesville, for a scenic auto tour on par with the Park Loop Road.

The fare-free Island Explorer park shuttle bus makes scheduled stops in season at Bernard as part of its route that includes Seawall, Bass Harbor, Tremont, and Seal Cove.

From Bass Harbor, catch a ferry to the outlining islands south of Mount Desert Island. The Maine State Ferry Service operates scheduled ferry and vehicle service to Swan’s Islandand to Frenchboro on Long Island. A number of island cruises also originate from Bass Harbor.

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