Coldest Night event going ahead for the full month

0201 – A lot of events have been thrown into a tailspin by the Coronavirus pandemic and the Coldest Night of the Year walk is no different. But when you get a curve tossed at you change the format, and that's exactly what the Island Crisis Care Society is doing to raise money for homelessness support services.

The walk was originally scheduled for Feb. 20, but that just won’t work this year so it will be virtual, says Elspeth Erickson, society resource development co-ordinator.

Instead of an event day it will be what they’re calling virtual walking day. Entrants can participate in their own time, in their own place, any time during the entire month.

There are two- and five-kilometre route options, including downtown, Labieux Road and Buttertubs Marsh, although Erickson said the intention isn’t to insist that people walk along the same route; it is for people to feel like they’re taking part.

Island Crisis Care Society serves Parksville and Nanaimo, runs 12 programs through seven sites, offering assistance the homelessness and to Samaritan House women’s emergency shelter, which is set to open later this year.

To sign up, as an individual or a team, or to donate, people can go to and select Nanaimo as a location.

For more information on Island Crisis Care Society, go to