Pete Sarsfield paints his stories in the words of a true traveler, who lives exactly where he is at the moment. As a community physician in remote and northern areas for almost 25 years, Sarsfield looks at the people and the landscape of his world with an insight that borders on the poetic.
A boat ride off the east coast of Canada becomes an almost supernatural experience when Sarsfield finds himself surrounded by hundreds of translucent jellyfish. The need to make an important snowmobile journey takes on life or death urgency when a blizzard hits unexpectedly. An encounter with a dying fox in a leg-hold trap punctuates the harsh Northern landscape. Throughout his travels, Sarsfield reveals the truth of the journey with humour and insight.
“We are charmed by Sarsfield’s thoughtful humanitarianism, his generosity, humour and attention to detail. Most important, this is a man who is having fun and a man always willing to learn and to teach.”
– Canadian Medical Association Journal
“Running with the Caribou is an amazing, uplifting book. Pete Sarsfield writes with clarity, grace and compassion about his life in the far north of Canada.”
Pete Sarsfield brings us on his journey through the stark, sparse, beautiful, unforgiving landscape of remote and northern Canada. He also brings us on an odyssey of the spirit, examining the landscape of the soul. The geography of both journeys is challenging. Pete gives us an opportunity to reflect on our own individual journeys. This is a most welcome and enjoyable read."
Pete Sarsfield is from the Maritimes and currently lives in northwestern Ontario, where he works as a Public Health physician. He writes a regular column for a weekly newspaper, the Kenora Enterprise, and provides emotional support to the Montreal Expos.