Work Channel

Feature Type:Channel (3) - Narrow stretch of water connecting two bodies of water.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE side of Tsimpsean Peninsula, just NE of Prince Rupert, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°29'03''N, 130°13'13''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103J/8
Related Maps: 103I/5

Origin Notes and History:

Wark Channel adopted in the 6th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1906, as identified in Walbran's manuscript. Form of name changed to Work Channel 5 April 1927, as had been labelled on British Admiralty Chart #1923A, 1867 et seq. Confirmed 4 November 1948 on 103/NE, 3 March 1949 on C3844, and 8 July 1950 on 103J/8.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Named c1837 by the officers of the Hudson's Bay Company during Wark's tenure of the post at Forst Simpson, after John Wark [sic] a noted officer in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company on this coast...." [see Work Point for additional biographical information]

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)