Family activities to benefit drug, alcohol program 

Sleigh ride package set for January

By Andrew Mitchell

The Whistler for Youth committee on drugs and alcohol has a launched a new program called Whistler Family Days, offering different activities one day each month through the winter to build connections among family members and increase communication around drugs and alcohol.

January’s activity is a family sleigh ride package sponsored by Outdoor Adventures. Whistler families with proof of residency will receive a 50 per cent discount on a the sleigh ride package, which includes a tour in the Lost Lake area that begins and ends at The Chalet at Chateau Whistler Golf Course. Departure times for Family Day, Wednesday, Jan. 10, are at 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m.

Regular price for adults is $59, and $29 for kids 5 to 12. Younger kids are free.

The goal of the program is to create experiences that result in tighter families, improve the way families communicate, and build the protective factors around drugs and alcohol starting at a young age. Studies have shown that positive activities encourage healthy development, and help children to make positive choices and avoid high-risk behaviours.

The Drug and Alcohol Committee has been in place for 12 years, and recently joined the Whistler for Youth group.

Details about Family Days in February, March and April will be announced as they are finalized.

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