Eat: The PEI International Shellfish Festival

Probably not one for the 'I don't eat seafood' brigade, the PEI (that's Prince Edward Island, one of Canada's ten provinces, an island to the north of Nova Scotia) International Shellfish Festival takes the best and brightest from the Canadian east coast's vaunted fishing industry and serves up everything from oysters to chowder in one of the country's most expansive food events. This year marks its 20th anniversary – so the festival's night-time scene will be bigger, louder and tastier than ever.

The PEI International Seafood Festival runs from 17-20 September. For more info: peishellfish.com

Stay: Trout Point Lodge, Nova Scotia

At first glance, a quintessentially Canadian lodge-style hotel – but Trout Point has a difference in the form of its forward-thinking, eco-focused design. It's proper backwoods – you won't even find mobile phone signal here – but for an authentically Canadian autumn experience on the east coast, there's nowhere better. Its 100-acre estate is close to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the Tusket and Napier rivers, and it's also driving distance from the Bay of Fundy.

For prices, more info or to book: troutpoint.com

Atlantic Canada shellfish

A chef shucks oysters for the crowd at the PEI International Shellfish Festival

Do: Cape Enrage, New Brunswick

Speaking of which, if you want to get up close and personal with the Bay of Fundy – say, from towering cliffs that rise majestically above it – Cape Enrage is one of the best places to do so. Built around historic buildings – namely its restaurant Cape House and a 140-year-old lighthouse – it combines adventure sports such as ziplining and rock-climbing with beaches where the tide can rise can fall by more than 16 metres over the course of a day.

For more info: capeenrage.ca