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This time, things will look a little different… but the need remains the same.

Nelson CARES Society invites you to take to the streets this coming February with your ‘bubbles’ for the Virtual Coldest Night of the Year event on Saturday, Feb 20, 2021.

For the past 6 years, people have walked together in the chill of the night to better understand the experience of living on the streets during a cold Canadian winter.

They’ve done so while raising funds to aid the vital work of the Nelson CARES Society in providing much-needed support to the most vulnerable members of our community.

But this time, because of COVID-19, we’ve had to change how we run our fundraising event to honour everyone’s comfort levels and keep the community safe.

Instead of gathering all together for a fun walk and then enjoying some yummy chilli at the end, they’re encouraging CNOY participants to gather within their own bubble and walk outdoors on self-designed routes throughout Nelson.

In a small group, participants can still walk in the cold and then share a meal together and continue to fundraise. There won’t be any registration fees this year and only CNOY participants who raise over $150 (or $75 for youth) will also be gifted with one of the iconic CNOY toques.

Nelson CARES Society’s key support in the community is housing. For some, having a  place to live sometimes is not enough and they need support to maintain that housing. The ‘Ready For Home’ program does just that and the funds raised by the upcoming Coldest Night of the Year Virtual event supports this program.

The ‘Ready For Home’ program provides support to homeless individuals ready for housing, individuals newly housed, and those at risk of losing their housing. At the core of ‘Ready For Home’ is a full-time paid staff member who works one-on-one with individuals to find housing, to transition into affordable housing, and to sustain them in their existing accommodation.

Despite how challenging 2020 has been, many Canadians are proving their generosity in a crisis. Nelson CARES Society is extremely grateful to those in the community who continue to support their important work and Coldest Night of the Year.

Nelson CARES Society wishes to thank Valhalla Pure Nelson for returning as one of the 2021 CNOY Lead Sponsors. New Lead Sponsors include Nelson and District Credit Union and Nelson Home Building Centre. Event Sponsors include Ellenwood Homes, Nelson Ford, Bowick Electric, North Mountain Construction, Derek Diener and Melanie Ward Mortgage Brokers with Dominion Lending Centres and the Kootenay Co-op Country Store.

At Nelson CARES Society, respect for every individual is an ordinary, everyday occurrence. Please join them in showing your respect and caring for all individuals in our wonderful community.

You can help to help make Nelson a warmer place for everyone. Contact the coordinator Stephanie Myers at 250.505.7410 or and head to

Check out their Facebook page: Coldest Night of the Year: Nelson, BC and their Instagram page: @coldest_night_nelson.


Please Join us and show your respect to all individuals in our wonderful community.

Head to, and sign up to walk, volunteer or donate. and thank you!

CNOY 2019
CNOY 2020