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Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor

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Frenchman Bay is a bay in Hancock County, Maine, named for Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who visited the area in 1604.

Frenchman Bay may have been the location of the Jesuit St. Sauveur mission, established in 1613.
In a 1960 book titled, "The Story of Mount Desert Island", Samuel Eliot Morison wrote, "Frenchmans Bay was so called because it became a staging point for French warships preparing to fight the English."

The bay is bounded on the east by the Schoodic Peninsula, and on the west by Mount Desert Island; parts of both are in Acadia National Park. It contains numerous islands, the largest of which is Ironbound Island. The highest elevation of the islands in the bay is found on Jordan Island. The largest town on the bay is Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island.

The bay extends for roughly 15 miles (24 km) and spans 7 miles (11 km) at its widest.
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  • When I went to the Bar Harbor side of it the weather was foggy and cool, such a nice relief from the heat and humidity. Loved the windjammers and sailboats, and there were some pretty nice yachts... 
    When I went to the Bar Harbor side of it the weather was foggy and cool, such a nice relief from the heat and humidity. Loved the windjammers and sailboats, and there were some pretty nice yachts...  more »
  • Frenchman Bay is a beautiful area along the Maine Coast in Bar Harbor. One may stroll on a path along the bay or take a cruise. 
    Frenchman Bay is a beautiful area along the Maine Coast in Bar Harbor. One may stroll on a path along the bay or take a cruise.  more »
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  • This is a great way to enjoy the power of nature of the beauty of Frenchman’s Bay which is off of Bar Harbor. Just watch the boat pass by or see the seals jumping in the water. This can be a very relaxing way to enjoy your trip to Bar Harbor. There are also many companies that will give you a Bay ride.
  • We took a tender into Bar Harbor. It was lovely.

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