Valerie Howes


Contributor Since 
Jan 2013
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Valerie Howes is a food, travel and health writer based in Toronto. She writes for a variety of Canadian publications including the National Post, Toronto Life, Best Health and Canadian Living. She left her home country of Scotland when she was 15, loves learning new languages and grabs any opportunity to visit Newfoundland. 

Coolest place you've ever visited and why: The jungle in Belize. The nature there was so intense, from the weeds that grew a foot a day to the tarantulas that haunted my dreams to the howler monkeys that growled like lions in the wee hours each day.

Favourite travel memory: Milking goats at the farm-to-plate pizzeria Bonavista Social Club at Amherst Cove, Newfoundland, then photographing icebergs in nearby Bonavista until my fingers went numb—the perfect morning of unplanned adventures.

Best travel advice: Take a carry-on so you can zoom through the airport. 

Recent Articles

Where to Experience the Arts in St. John's

This capital city is rife with culture

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This oceanside city on a hill is the perfect nature escape 

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Head here for a taste of the local cuisine 

A Taste of Newfoundland Cuisine

Discover how chefs are taking Northern soul food to new heights 

What to Do in Newfoundland's Quidi Vidi Village

Explore this friendly area on your next trip to St. John's

Five Spots For Sustainable Seafood

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Three Romantic Bed & Breakfasts

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Culinary Getaway: The Burren, Ireland

Discover one of Ireland's greatest culinary destinations 

An Insider’s Guide to Hamilton

Get to know “the Hammer” with local restaurateur and cookbook author Bettina Schormann

Where To Eat In Central Newfoundland

Feast on East Coast dishes that showcase the best of land and sea