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David F. Pelly Writer, Researcher, Historian, Photographer


Major Expeditions
(In the Northwest Territories or Nunavut unless otherwise noted)
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1977 - Back River (canoe)
1982 - Kazan River (canoe)
1984 - Central Keewatin (sled)
1985 - Thelon River (canoe, peregrine falcon survey)
1986 - Southampton Island (sled)
1986 - Wager Bay (sea-kayak)
1987 - Wager Bay (hiking)
1988 - Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary (dog-sled)
1988 - Kazan River (canoe) (Operation Raleigh)
1989 - Lac la Martre (dog-sled)
1989 - Thelon River (canoe & hiking)
1990 - Arctic coast: Gjoa Haven to Pelly Bay (dog-sled)
1990 - Pitz Lake, Kunwak, Kazan circle (canoe & hiking)
1991 - Thelon River (canoe) (Canada Goose Survey)
1991 - Thelon River (canoe) (Film Production)
1991 - Kazan River (canoe) (Film Production)
1992 - Thelon River (canoe & hiking)
1993 – Iceland central highlands (hiking)
1993 - Richmond Gulf (boat/hiking)
1994 - Ungava Peninsula (airplane - winter flying)
1994 - Torngat Mountains/Ungava Bay (boat/hiking)
1995 - Gulf of St. Lawrence/North shore of Quebec (sailboat)
1996 - Wager Bay (boat/hiking)
1996 - Ekalluk River, Victoria Island (canoe)
1997 - Surrey River, Victoria Island (canoe)
1998 - Boothia Peninsula (dog-sled)
1998 - Greenland (coastal boat and hiking)
1999 - Pitok River, Queen Maud Gulf (canoe)
2000 - Ekalluk River, Victoria Island (canoe, hiking)
2001 - Simpson River, Queen Maud Gulf (canoe)
2002 - Consul River, Back River (canoe)
2003 - Clarke/Thelon River (canoe, hiking)
2004 - Venezuela to Nova Scotia (sailboat)
2005 - circumnavigation of Cape Breton (sailboat)
2006 - Elk/Thelon River (canoe, hiking)
2007 - Newfoundland’s west coast to the Strait of Belle Isle (sailboat)
2008 - Quebec’s North Shore to Labrador (sailboat)
2009 - Labrador Coast  (sailboat)
2010 - Newfoundland - Labrador - Quebec North Shore - Iles de la Madeleine - PEI - Cape Breton – Newfoundland - (sailboat) 2000 nautical miles
2011 - Arviat to the treeline, return (snowmobile)
2013 - Newfoundland: Fogo, Twilingate, Moreton Harbour, all around the circle ... and north to Quirponm and Anse aux Meadows (sailboat)
2014 - Newfoundland to Halifax (sailboat) - 1250 nautical miles
2016 - Clarke/Thelon River (canoe/hiking)
2018 - Keele River, Mackenzie Mountains (canoe)
2019 – traverse of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco (hiking)
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Canoeing on the Kazan River, 1982


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Dog-sled trip, 1990


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Sailing the coast of Labrador, 2009


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Eric, Laurie & David’s son, on his first month-long canoe trip, 2000 – by the time he was 12, he had paddled six different barrenlands rivers


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Paddling a rapid on the Thelon River, 2003