Head north to experience the humbling proportions and famed beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Journey through inspiring mountain vistas, and revel in the grand landscapes of some of Canada's most remarkable national parks.
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf Service with visits to the stunning areas of Lake Louise and Banff. En route, embrace the dynamic changes in scenery as you wind through lush green ranchlands and flowing river canyons surrounded by mountain peaks. Enjoy a guided tour through Yoho National Park, and take advantage of leisure time to explore the small hamlets as well as Banff National Park. Splendid evenings await at the close of each inspiring day, including three nights of relaxation at a well-appointed and memorable resort property.
Optional Pre-Tour: Victoria
Day 1: En Route from US / Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Day 2: Vancouver
Day 3: Vancouver / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops
Day 4: Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Banff, Alberta
Day 5: Banff / Moraine Lake / Lake Louise / Yoho National Park
Day 6: Banff
Day 7: Banff / Calgary / Depart for US
Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, walking and moving between coaches while the train is in motion and navigating stairs to upper levels of the coach. Guests should also be able to enjoy outdoor walking with sure-footing on uneven terrain, get in and out of a motor coach without assistance, and manage stairs.
Douglas Van Citters (Dartmouth ’99) is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. As a Dartmouth student, Prof. Van Citters majored in earth sciences, later going on to work as a practicing geologist before becoming a biomedical engineer. As musculoskeletal scientist, Van Citters focuses on the materials, mechanics, and design of artificial joints. His lab (The Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center for Orthopaedics) is one of the largest and oldest IRB-approved retrieval programs in the world with over 20,000 failed artificial knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles in the collection.
Van Citters teaches classes in mechanical engineering, materials science, and biomaterials. As part of Dartmouth’s transition to offsite learning during the pandemic, he oversaw conversion of Thayer’s project-based education to a remote version that was no less hands on. Each term over 10,000 components were packed and shipped around the world to provide students with a Dartmouth experience from thousands of miles away. He is currently active as Dartmouth’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, faculty advisor to several student groups and varsity teams at Dartmouth, and co-founder of a company dedicated to providing inexpensive intraosseous tools for humanitarian relief in underserved areas. Van Citters also designed the current version of Dartmouth's bonfire, contributing to one of Dartmouth's long-beloved traditions.
Professor Van Citters’ research interests are based in medically-oriented applications of Materials Science, Mechanics/Dynamics, and Tribology. Using the design and engineering problem solving approach common to Thayer School’s educational program, he has organized and vertically integrated Dartmouth’s musculoskeletal laboratory in each of these areas to address (1) Problem Definition; (2) Underlying Science; (3) Solution Strategies; and (4) Solution Implementation. Van Citters’ current research projects include implant failure analysis and design, polymer processing and properties, biomaterials development for bone cements, and implantable and wearable devices in biomechanics.