Walk on the floor of the ocean in the Bay of Fundy. Dine beside the world’s second largest natural harbour. Canoe through Kejimkujik National Park. Watch whales, explore Fortress Louisbourg and hike along the Cabot Trail.

‘Where has the ocean gone?’ you wonder as you wander over the sea bed in the Bay of Fundy. The massive tide has removed it, temporarily of course, but it’s typical of the unforgettable experiences provided by Canada’s Eastern Seaboard. Like tidal bore rafting. Like watching great whales breach the sea. Like dining beside the natural harbour in Halifax – one of the largest in the world and, with its music and restaurant scene, one of the most appealing. Or like browsing around Halifax’s citadel, Pier 21 and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic that recalls the early British settlement of 1749.

You can also explore the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lunenburg, and wonderful Kejimkujik National Park, or the orchards and vineyards of the pastoral Annapolis Valley. The warm waters and sandy beaches of Northumberland’s shore await, as does Pictou – the town that welcomed the first Scottish immigrants – the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island and the formidable Fortress Louisbourg.