Portofino has the right to acquire a 100% interest in the Gold Creek Property (the “Property”), a mining claim block located in Duckworth Township, northwestern Ontario. The Gold Creek Property comprises 15 mining claims containing 197 contiguous cell units and covers approximately 4,036 hectares (9,973 acres).
Historic work includes multi-ounce gold grab samples, as well as historical drill intercepts of 4.32 g/t gold over 41 metres and 4.36 g/t gold over 20.42 metres completed in 1995 and a 1 tonne bulk sample in 2008 returning an average grade of 9.9 g/t gold.
The property is close to excellent infrastructure including CN railway, hydro lines, and paved highway.
The Ontario Geological Survey, (“OGS”) reported that historical work dates to the first discovery of gold in Duckworth Township in 1896. More recent activity includes:
- A prospector, M. Penziwol, (from 1967 to 1973) carried out a program of prospecting, mechanical stripping and trenching and rock sampling of quartz vein occurrences in the area. In 1983, geological mapping, magnetic and VLF-EM surveys were conducted to further assess the area.
- In 1985 and 1987 to 1989, Noranda Exploration Company explored the area with an airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey, ground magnetic and electromagnetic surveys, selective radiometric and gravity surveys, geochemical sampling, geological mapping and overburden stripping and rock sampling.
- Inco Gold Limited conducted an exploration program in 1989 and 1990 which consisted of grid line cutting, magnetic, VLF-EM and geological mapping surveys, trenching, rock sampling and two diamond drill holes. Several auriferous quartz vein occurrences were examined. Two of the showings assayed up to 13.2 g/t gold and 64.2 g/t gold from grab samples. The drill holes which examined these occurrences encountered subeconomic mineralization over narrow widths. Further work was recommended but there is no public record that further exploration was done.
- Significant gold mineralization has been traced along a 1.5-kilometre strike length with grab samples returning values up to 759 g/t (OGS property visit) and diamond drill intersections by Golden Share Mining in 2008 of up to 2.3 g/t over 8.3 metres.
- Historical drill intercepts of 4.32 grams/tonne (“g/t”) gold over 41 metres (“m”) and 4.36 g/t gold over 20.42m completed by Landore Resources Inc. in 1995 on an occurrence called the “I-Zone”. Additionally, Mengold Resources Inc. completed a 1 tonne bulk sample on the I-Zone in 2008 returning an average grade of 9.9 g/t gold.
The Property is located within the Wawa Subprovince of the Superior Structural Province of the Archean Canadian Shield. On a local scale, the Property is situated centrally within the Shebandowan Greenstone Belt which some consider to be the western extension of the Abitibi Subprovince. The Property is characterized by geology similar to that documented in the Kirkland Lake area, where numerous gold showings occur in a broad range of lithologies. Some of the original gold showings within the boundary of the Property include occurrences of gold-bearing quartz veins in alkalic intrusive rocks of the Peewatai Lake Pluton. The auriferous quartz veins generally contain iron carbonate, abundant (5 to 15%) pyrite and minor (< 1%) galena. Visible gold also occurs within the mineralized veins. Alteration of the host rocks includes silicification, albitization and chloritization with local sericitization, carbonatization and hematization.