Coldest Night of the Year 2021

#CNOY21 is here!



Coldest Night of the Year is an annual, Canada-wide walk aimed to raise funds of promote awareness about issues of homelessness and poverty in Canada.  

Island Crisis Care Society has been the coordinator of CNOY in Nanaimo for the last 10 years, later adding Oceanside/Parksville as well, raising funds for its programs to help people who have experienced homelessness in our community.  

Cross Canada walking will happen in February 2021 – but this year it is not a night but a month!  While walking all together is wonderful, this year we are doing something extra special and opening our event for the whole month of February, during which we can walk “virtually”, ensuring that more walkers than ever can fundraise and walk any time during the month of February – and that we all stay safe and socially distanced.

Virtual Walking?

What does “virtual walking” mean?  It doesn’t mean walking by Zoom or over your computer, but it does mean that you can walk in your own time, along your own route – but still signing up to fundraise and create awareness about the importance of Colde

st Night and the plight of people experiencing poverty and homelessness in our own communities of Nanaimo and Oceanside.  As an added bonus, this year there are no registration fees which means that even more people can take part! 

As an added bonus, even though we can’t see you all in person, we will be preparing small thank you bags for participants.  Team captains can collect these for their walkers on either Tuesday, February 16th OR Thursday February 18th from 4 pm – 6 pm at the ICCS Head Office:  1200 Princess Royal Ave.  (If you are walking without a team, let us know and we will arrange for you to get your ‘bling’ too!) For anyone who raises more that $150 (or $75 if you are under 18!) we will be adding in a festive CNOY toque as a thank you!

What do I need to do?

  • Sign up on the CNOY website to become an official virtual walker, in either Nanaimo or Parksville.  Site: or  
  • Choose one of our suggested “virtual” routes (some are attached to this page to spark your imaginations!), or choose your own 5 km or 2 km walk.  (Note: there are many free route tracker/pedometer apps that you can download on your phone to track your own route.  Contact us at if you want suggestions!)
  • Fundraise – let your friends know about the issues and about the virtual event and encourage them to contribute.  All contributions need to be sent to the BlueSea Foundation (CNOY organizers) either electronically via the CNOY website or by mail.
  • Walk!
  • Send us pictures or messages telling us how it went – even if we can’t be there with you, we care and we want to share!

While we will miss walking together, virtual walking will help us all participate.  The most important elements of the event will still be in place – you’re out there walking while feeling the cold and making a difference!

If you want to get more info, give us a call at (778) 441-4227, ext. 114 or send an email to

POSSIBLE WALKING ROUTES – PICK ONE OF THESE, OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN (click on the route title to see a map):


Nottingham – 2 km

Labieux – 5 km

Buttertubs Marsh – 5 km

Downtown Nanaimo – 5 km

Downtown Nanaimo – 2 km 

Downtown – 5 km option


Rathtrevor Beach – 5 km

Qualicum waterfront – 2 km

Qualicum waterfront – 5 km

Parksville waterfront 2 km