Work Channel Road, North Coast Regional District, British Columbia
Boat Launch, Trails
Work Channel is a unique site along the Whale Trail as it is one of the best places in British Columbia to observe humpback group bubble net feeding behaviour. Bubble net feeding is a foraging strategy where humpback whales use teamwork and an impressive spiral of bubbles to corral a school of fish. In the summer and fall, humpbacks aggregate in this long, narrow and deep channel, continuously feeding, breaching and resting. The up-welling and large tidal exchange that takes place at the mouth of Work Channel, provides an enormous amount of nutrients and food for every level of the food chain and these waters are also home to many other marine mammals. Look for the distinctive dorsal fin of killer whales, inconspicuous groups of harbour porpoise, as well as sealions and salmon which are also abundant.
As you head towards the mouth of Work Channel, keep your eyes peeled for blows! Humpback whales are frequently seen in the channel and can be seen feeding in groups of up to 15 whales!