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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, we will not have volunteer drivers this holiday season.

Plan for a safe ride home by arranging a designated driver, take public transit, or call a taxi, family member, or ride-hailing service.

How it works

On Friday and Saturday nights during the holiday season, if you feel unfit to drive home, use the Operation Red Nose mobile 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

Operation Red Nose is available in over 100 communities throughout seven provinces in Canada. Since the program came to B.C., it's grown from two host groups to 11, serving 20 communities and providing over 100,000 safe rides home.

In 2019, between November 29 and December 21 (on most Fridays and Saturdays) and on New Year's Eve, the service is available in the following B.C. communities:

  • Abbotsford/Mission 
  • Burnaby 
  • Chilliwack 
  • Kamloops (also Thursday nights)
  • Langley/Surrey
  • New Westminster 
  • North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Horseshoe Bay)
  • Prince George 
  • Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows 
  • Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra and Anmore) 
  • Williams Lake 

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.