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​​Operation Red Nose

Named in honour of Rudolph, the most famous reindeer of all, Operation Red Nose provides rides to drivers and their passengers who feel unfit to drive for any reason - no questions asked - during the holiday season.

Operation Red Nose and COVID-19

As part of our COVID 19 response, Operation Red Nose will only be available in select communities this year.

If your community is not part of Operation Red Nose this year, please plan a safe ride home by arranging a designated driver, take public transit or call a taxi, family member, or a ride-hailing service. 

How it works

If you feel unfit to drive home, use the Operation Red Nose page​ to enter your address or download the App and a team of three Operation Red Nose volunteers will help you get home safely.

One volunteer will drive your vehicle, a second volunteer will navigate, and a third volunteer will follow in an escort vehicle to pick up the two volunteers once they drop you off.

Donations to Operation Red Nose are gratefully accepted and help fund local youth sports and other not-for-profit organizations.​



Communities with Operation Red Nose

In 2021, Operation Red Nose will be operating on New Year's Eve, December 31st only in the following B.C. communities:
  • Burnaby 
  • New Westminster 
  • Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra and Anmore)
  • Kamloops

In Kamloops only, Operation Red Nose will also operate every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from November 26-December 31, except December 23, 24 and 25.

How you can help

The success of Operation Red Nose depends on its volunteers. It's a great way to give back to your community while helping to keep our roads safe over the holidays. For more information on how to volunteer as an individual or part of a team, visit the National Operation Red Nose site.

In 2019, 2,407 dedicated volunteers across B.C. gave 4,908 rides to get people and their vehicles home safely while raising $152,500 for their local charities.

Supporting Operation Red Nose

ICBC has been a proud partner of Operation Red Nose since it began in B.C. in 1996. We support programs like Operation Red Nose because it's an effective non-profit, community-based program that helps drivers get home safely during the holidays. We support the program by:

  • Providing auto insurance to protect volunteers and their passengers.
  • Producing promotional materials.
  • Encouraging employees to volunteer in their communities.