Coldest Night of the Year

2k, 5k, 10K

We walk because only the weather should be cold
The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly national walk that helps you raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in your community.

We walk in the cold and dark to support all those in our community who are being crushed by struggle, trauma, shame and loneliness. To them – and to the community that witnesses our trek in the dark — we declare together that “Everybody matters. Everybody belongs. And yes, we need each other.”

The Coldest Night of the Year is held on Saturday, February 23, 2019


Registration opens at 4:00 pm in most locations with walkers released by 5:15 pm returning an hour or two later for a warm cup of stew, chili or soup.


Participants register online to walk 2, 5 or 10km on a safe, looping 5km route mapped out and signed for them with a rest stop or two and route marshals along the way to guide them safely 


Everyone is welcome. CNOY is very family-friendly. Walkers will range in age from toddlers with parents to active seniors. There is a route for everyone to enjoy.


Teams and participants register online  and then use our world-class online fundhub to set-up their fundraising page, add a photo and message and email and thank donors who get receipted within minutes of their secure online gift.




  •  Children 10 and under: No fee
  •  Youth 11-17: Fundraise minimum $75, or pay reg fee.
  •  Adults 18+: Fundraise minimum $150, or pay reg fee.
  •  Reg fee increases from $25 to $40 on Monday, February 18th (the last week of the event)

If you are interested in joining this signature event and walk, please contact Peter Marra: 

416.539.0690 Ext. 347
 or at 


By walking at dusk during a cold winter’s night you’ll feel a hint of the challenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter. And, by fundraising, you’ll be contributing much-needed money to a charity in your town bringing hope and help to people in your community who need support.

"Since 2011 CNOY has raised over $21,500,000"

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