- Metals of Interest: Gold
- Location: Rowan Lake Area , Northwestern Ontario
- Surface Area: 18 contiguous single-cell and multi-cell mining claims for a total of 4,660 Ha
The Cameron Lake East Project consists of 18 mineral claims covering an area of 11,184 acres, approximately 75 km southeast of the town of Kenora in the Kenora Mining Division, Ontario.
The Cameron Lake East Property is located in the Rowan Lake Area of the Kenora Mining Division in northwestern Ontario, approximately 75 km southeast of the town of Kenora.
The Property is located at the western end of the Late Archean Savant Lake‐Crow Lake Belt in the Western Wabigoon Subprovince of the Superior Province in northwestern Ontario. The Wabigoon Subprovince is a 900 km long, east‐west trending, composite volcanic and plutonic terrane comprising distinct eastern and western domains separated by rocks of Mesoarchean age. Rocks of the Western Wabigoon Subprovince separate gneissic terranes of the Quetico Subprovince to the south and greenstones of the English River Subprovince to the north.
Modern exploration work commenced in the 1950s and numerous companies have carried out prospecting, line cutting, geological mapping, trenching, soil and outcrop sampling and ground and airborne magnetic and electromagnetic surveys.
The Cameron Lake East Property can be accessed by Cameron Road, 16km south of Sioux Narrows off Highway 71, or from Maybrun Road, 10km north of Sioux Narrows off Highway 71. Both Cameron and Maybrun roads are unsealed but accessible year-round. The Cameron and Maybrun Roads require travel permits from the Ministry of National Resources.
The closest community is Sioux Narrows, Ontario, with a population of approximately 300. Sioux Narrows is located approximately 28 km west of the Property on Highway 71. Sioux Narrows is a forestry and tourism-oriented community and could be a source of some exploration and mining equipment, supplies and personnel.
The area is serviced by Highway 71 extending south to Fort Frances on Highway 11 (a distance of approximately 120 km), and north to Highway 17 just east of Kenora (a distance of 90 km). Rail transportation is available via the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways – both lines pass approximately equidistant to the Property along Highways 11 and 17. Several small lakes, ponds and streams on the claim group could supply limited quantities of water. Electrical power is available along Highway 71.
The physiography of the Property is typical of the Canadian Precambrian Shield uplands of Ontario. The topography is characterized by glacial features such as moraines and eskers with subordinate outcrop as topographic highs. Relief is low (less than 35 m) and steep drop offs on outcrops often indicate fault structures.
The climate of the Kenora region is characterised as continental. Temperatures in January range from -11.3°C (max) to -20.5°C (min) and in July the maximum temperature is 24.4°C with a low of 14.9°C (Canadian Climate normals 1981-2010). Precipitation is moderate, with an average of 56 cm of rainfall and 164 cm of snow per annum. Frost penetration can be as deep as two metres. The driest period is February through to April.
Vegetation comprises mixed arboreal forest with low lying areas of cedar swamp and bog. Minor plantation timber stands are present, as logging has been extensively carried out and much of the forest is regrowth. Lakes account for a significant proportion of the project area (40%). The average depth is from 10 m to 30 m, with thick layers of organic mud overlaying glacial till sediments of up to 20 m in thickness.
The land holdings are sufficient to allow for exploration and development. The potential surface rights holdings, that can be triggered when the claims go to lease, are sufficient for development of infrastructure to sustain a mining operation.
The Cameron Lake East project is located in the western Wabigoon Subprovince within the Superior Province in northwestern Ontario. The Wabigoon Subprovince is a 900 km long, east-west trending, composite volcanic and plutonic terrane comprising distinct eastern and western domains separated by rocks of Mesoarchean age. Rocks of the Western Wabigoon Subprovince separate gneissic terranes of the Quetico Subprovince to the south and greenstones of the English River Subprovince to the north. The Western Wabigoon terrane is one of a series of Neoarchean collisional terranes that were accreted around the North Caribou Superterrane.
Each collisional event produced late tectonic intrusions, unconformably overlying late tectonic sediments, and orogenic gold mineralization. Gold in the Wabigoon terrane is bracketed at approximately 2690 Ma, between 2700 Ma in the Uchi terrane and 2687 Ma in the Wawa terrane (Percival, 2007).
In general, Western Wabigoon stratigraphy consists of a lower tholeiitic basalt-dominated assemblage and an upper calc-alkaline mafic to felsic flow and volcaniclastic assemblage. In some areas late tectonic alkaline and calc-alkaline volcaniclastics unconformably overlay both, either in or adjacent to late tectonic sedimentary assemblages.
The density of outcrop exposures is variable and ranges from none (completely covered) to 30% exposure in some areas. The highest density of outcrop is seen on the shorelines of the numerous lakes and islands in the area. The amount of outcrop can often be correlated to lithological units, with dolerites commonly found in extensive linear ridges that have been more resistant to the effects of glaciation. The rocks are generally fresh from the surface with minimal weathering apart from shallow oxidation noted in areas of strong alteration (such as carbonate) or sulphide minerals.
Several regional scale fault arrays transect the terrane, often adjacent to late tectonic sedimentary assemblage remnants. The east-trending Wabigoon fault to the north, extends from Lake of the Woods east past Dryden. Another east trending but offset fault array with multiple named segments extends from Kakagi Lake through Straw Lake, Mosher Bay, and Thundercloud Lake. The two east trending faults are interconnected through the relatively late northwest and northeast trending Pipestone-Cameron and Manitou Straits faults, which record some of the latest deformation.
The Pipestone-Cameron Fault is a major discontinuity separating rocks of the Kakagi Lake Greenstone Belt in the southwest from the Rowan Lake greenstone belt in the northeast. The Cameron Lake East Property lies within the Rowan Lake Greenstone belt which includes a succession of pillowed mafic flows called the ‘Rowan Lake Volcanics’ and a succession dominated by intermediate pyroclastic rocks known as the ‘Cameron Lake Volcanics’ (2732 ± 2Ma). This volcanic stratigraphy is folded by the Shingwak Lake anticline, the major structural feature on the property (Meade 2015).
A number of late-tectonic intermediate to felsic granitoid plutons occur in the central portion of the greenstone belt, these include the Stephen Lake pluton (2699 ± 2Ma; Davis and Edwards 1986) and the Nolan Lake stock (2705 ± 4Ma; Lewis, Kamo, and Lodge 2012). A suite of late syntectonic feldspar porphyry and quartz feldspar-porphyry dykes occur along the trace of the Pipestone-Cameron fault zone (Meade, 2015).
The Cameron Lake East property is dominated by mafic volcanic rocks belonging to the Rowan Lake Volcanics and mafic to ultramafic intrusive rocks (Bernard, 2009). Gold, nickel, and copper mineralization is associated with lithologic contacts between mafic and ultramafic rocks which makes the property attractive. An offshoot of the Atikwa Batholith comprises the northern edge of the Property, and smaller granitic bodies are dispersed throughout the northern half of the Property.