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For over 100 years the MDI YMCA has been at the center of health & fitness, sports and recreational athletics on the island of Mount Desert. We've helped train generations of young men and women to win gracefully, lose with dignity and, above all, enjoy the satisfaction of a personal best effort. Our success can be seen on the faces of our members.

One out of every three people who live in Bar Harbor belong to the MDI YMCA. Over 400 school age children from all over the island, enroll in the Y's swimming, gymnastics, and after school programs each year. Our Y is so ingrained into the daily lives of so many folks here on MDI, it is difficult to imagine life without it


Our Heritage


The YMCA was first founded in 1844 in London, England by 22-year-old George Williams. He and 11 friends organized the first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) for young men seeking refuge from the hazardous street life of early industrialized England. 


Retired sea captain Thomas Sullivan noticed a similar need among the sailors and merchants of the USA. In 1851 he founded the US YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Our Facilities

The current YMCA building on Park Street is almost 20 years old. The old building was located where the current Abbe Museum is now located.


The YMCA facility offers a full-court gymnasium, a six-lane pool, an indoor track, and a fitness center equipped with weights and cardio equipment. There is something here for everyone! More facility information.

Our Staff


The YMCA holds its staff to a high standard of professionalism. Our staff will uphold the Y Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility while ensuring your experience at the YMCA is the best possible. 

We ask members and guests to treat our staff with respect and politeness. 

Our Community


The MDI YMCA services: Bar Harbor, Eden, Hulls Cove, Salisbury Cove, Town Hill, Mount Desert, Hall's Quarry, Northeast Harbor, Otter Creek, Pretty Marsh, Seal Harbor, Somesville, Southwest Harbor, Manset and Seawall, Tremont, Bass Harbor, Bernard, Gotts Island, Seal Cove, West Tremont, Trenton, and the surrounding islands. 


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