Long-abandoned mining camps in Northern Ontario are proving to be far from dead. Two historic mining camps – the Thunder Bay silver district and an emerging gold camp on the outskirts of the town of Wawa – are proving to contain plenty of resources decades after they were believed to be mined out, or contained nothing significant.
Jean-François Montreuil, chief geologist for Honey Badger Exploration and Red Pine Exploration, gave a presentation on the respective properties, the Thunder Bay Polymetallic Silver Project, and the Wawa Gold Project, at a monthly meeting of the Sudbury Prospectors and Developers Association on Sept. 18.
The Thunder Bay camp, 25 kilometres west of the city, holds a special significance, as it is the home of 12 past-producing mines that produced 1.67 million ounces of silver and sits on one of two known silver-bearing geologic belts in the area.
The presentation concentrated on the company’s silver-cobalt Beaver Property, which contained four historic mines including Beaver Silver Mine, which produced about 500,000 ounces of silver.
“The grades Beaver Silver Mine they were going after were extremely high. The cut-off for mining was 1,000 ounces per tonne,” Montreuil said. The results of their spring drilling program in that area were released in late August and showed an abundance of silver and cobalt beyond the original mine workings and extends at depth.
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