VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Planning is under way for another summer drill campaign at recently-gone-public explorer Orford Mining’s Qiqavik project, in the remote emerging gold belt of Cape Smith, in Northern Quebec.
“We’ve discovered a new gold district in Canada. This is like walking into the Timmins Belt for the first time,” veteran geologist, fund manager and now Orford president and CEO David Christie told Mining Weekly Online in an interview.
He explained that the Cape Smith Belt, especially the southern part, had seen significant exploration in the 1970s for base metals such as nickel. According to him, everyone was focused on nickel and no one considered the gold potential of Northern Quebec, until the 1980s.
“There’s a bit of a barrier to entry in the region, so unless you are already up there exploring, it’s unlikely to get a foot in the door, since there is really not a lot of government work being done up there and the region is pretty much untouched,” he said.
Still in its private form, Orford (previously Focused Capital Corp and currently 55% owned by RNC Minerals and Dundee Resources 29%) also engaged in base metals exploration in the region, focused around its West Raglan nickel project.