Grand Canadian Passage
On board Rocky Mountaineer’s all-dome fleet, travel through otherwise inaccessible terrain to unlock the unparalleled beauty of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Canadian Rockies. Each day offers exciting sightseeing opportunities, and the evenings are highlighted by relaxing stays at thoughtfully selected hotels.
Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.
Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
After settling into your hotel, venture out to capture the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Or perhaps indulge in the luxurious amenities at the Fairmont Palliser before joining fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Palliser (D)
Calgary / Banff National Park / Banff / Lake Louise
Today’s adventures include a visit to Banff National Park for a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, where you’ll have endless views of six magnificent mountain ranges. During free time at the top, visit the interactive interpretive center, stroll the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk, or grab a snack at one of the restaurants before boarding a gondola to return to the base of the mountain.
Afterward, enjoy a panoramic tour of Banff before departing for Chateau Lake Louise for the evening. Take advantage of free time to walk around Lake Louise to admire its turquoise waters, towering pines, and picturesque mountains that carve through the serene landscape.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B)
Lake Louise / Banff / Yoho National Park / Lake Louise
After breakfast, begin a full-day tour of Banff followed by a visit to Yoho National Park, which features magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, serene waters of Emerald Lake, and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B,D)
Lake Louise / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops, British Columbia
This morning, transfer to Lake Louise Station to board the Rocky Mountaineer. Celebrate with fellow travelers with a welcome toast at departure, and experience regionally-inspired meals on your way to Kamloops.
Gliding towards the interior of British Columbia, embrace the dramatic changes in scenery from the spacious coach or outdoor viewing platform—a perfect spot to capture photographs of the enigmatic landscape and take in the fresh Rockies air.
Today’s highlights include the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, the climb over Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie—where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.
Keep a keen eye out for wildlife as well. The onboard hosts are also on the lookout and will notify guests when animals are spotted.
Overnight: Kamloops Lodging (B,L)
Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, continue the journey west as you view the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Take advantage of a restful evening at the hotel after a leisurely dinner on your own.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B,L)
After breakfast, visit Grouse Mountain—just 15 minutes from downtown. Climb aboard a gondola for breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains, rising 4,100 feet up to The Peak of Vancouver.
Afterward, set out for a magical walk through nature at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Originally constructed in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge spans 450-feet across and 230-feet above Capilano River. Seven additional suspension bridges cross through the evergreens, offering visitors a unique bird’s eye perspective of the forest below.
For those seeking alternative activities, stroll the park grounds or venture to the nearby viewing platform to admire the stunning sights.
This evening, join fellow travelers for a farewell reception before dinner on your own at one of downtown’s lively restaurants.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B,R)
Vancouver / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary group transfer to Vancouver International Airport for flights home. Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will transfer to Victoria. (B)
Meet Your Trip Host
Professor Emeritus of Public Policy (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy)
and Political Science (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
I joined the UM faculty in 1970 with a joint appointment in Public Policy and Political Science. Since I had a BS in Industrial Engineering degree from Lehigh University and was completing a PhD in Business Administration (with a focus on Decision Sciences) from Stanford, my appointment at UM continued my meandering career. I began by teaching statistics in Public Policy and mathematical models of politics in Political Science. In the 48 years I’ve been at Michigan, my research and teaching interests have led me to add courses on ethics and public policy, justice and inequality, American political thought, legislative redistricting, nonprofit policy and management, and, most recently, courses focusing on how to boost voter turnout among young voters, particularly college students.
My initial research interests were in mathematical models of politics, particularly alternative voting methods and representation. The publication of John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice in 1971 spurred my interest in political philosophy and eventually led me to offer courses on ethics and public policy. For 15 years I taught a core course in the Master of Public Policy program at the Ford School entitled Values, Ethics, and Public Policy. The course explored the normative dimensions of public policy (with particular attention to the relationship between benefit cost analysis and consequentialism, liberty and paternalism, and distributive justice) and professional ethics for public servants.
The third part of a faculty career, after teaching and research, involves service and I spent much of the time from the mid-80s to 2011 serving in administrative roles around the University. I was an Associate Dean in Rackham from 1986-89, the Associate Dean for Academic Appointments in LS&A from 1991-95, the Interim Dean in Public Policy from 1997-99, and Associate Dean in Public Policy from 1999-2001. I co-chaired a Presidential Task Force on Ethics in Public Life in 2005-6 and served as Director of the University’s Center for Ethics in Public Life from 2008-11. At the Ford School I was the first director of the BA program in Public Policy from 2006-11. These appointments introduced me to faculty from across the University, greatly enriching my understanding of the outstanding programs in all corners of campus and the ways in which they work together to make UM one of the best public universities in the world.
Outside of the University I have been involved over the years with a number of “good government” organizations (Common Cause, Michigan Campaign Finance Network, League of Women Voters) and social service organizations (Community Action Network).
My interest in the train trip across Canada stems from my family (wife Marsha, children Ethan and Sarah) being longtime fans of train travel. We have taken the three Chicago-West Coast Amtrak trains (to LA, Oakland/San Francisco, and Seattle(twice)). Last fall my wife and I took Amtrak to Sante Fe and in April we added the TGV to our train list while on an Alumni Association trip to Paris. The trip across Canada on VIA has been on our bucket list for some time and we are excited about it becoming a reality. It will be our sixth UMAA trip. Previously we’ve travelled to Aix-en-Provence, Florence, the National Parks of the Southwest, Tanzania, and Paris.