Barkerville Gold Project

Barkerville, the site of the Barkerville Gold Project, has long been recognized as a historical gold producing area. Government records indicate that millions of ounces of alluvial gold were removed from the Barkerville area during the 1800s.

About This Project

Williams Creek Gold Ltd. is a Canadian mineral exploration company primarily focusing on exploring for gold in British Columbia. The company also participates broadly in the gold sector through joint venture and equity investments, royalty and finance agreements.

Williams Creek Gold owns 28 Crown-granted mineral claims known as the Barkerville Project, located near Barkerville, British Columbia. It straddles several historical alluvial gold streams: Williams Creek, Black Jack Gulch and Stouts Gulch. Williams Creek Gold's holdings include the benches surrounding the creeks as well as much of the creek areas.

Initial trenching of the area in the 1940s (when the properties were known as the "Westport Project") showed promising results, while a limited drilling program conducted over the course of the past decade offered further grounds for encouragement. Presently, Barkerville Gold Mines is in the late stages of mine development at its Bonanza Ledge project in the immediate vicinity of Williams Creek Gold's Barkerville Project.

In May of 2011, Williams Creek began aggressive exploration of its Barkerville Project in a two-phase program. Phase I included geological mapping and sampling of the entire property, 23 diamond drill holes, and limited trenching.

On November 8, 2011, the company completed diamond drilling on a Phase II exploration program on its Barkerville Project. This program consisted of 9,746 meters (31,975 feet) of diamond drilling following up on the results of the completed Phase I program of 4,820 meters (15,811 feet). In particular, results from the Phase I drill program identified two exploration targets which are being pursued:

1) Drill holes WCX-11-01 through WCX-11-06, due south of Barkerville Historic Town, were drilled in a fan pattern at roughly 50 foot intervals down dip, and returned very encouraging results including: 9.5 feet grading 5.6 grams/ton in hole WCX-11-6, 5.2 feet grading 16.5 g/T in hole WCX-11-5, 29 feet grading 8.35 g/T in hole WCX-11-3 and 9.6 feet grading 39.3 g/T in hole WCX-11-2. Step-out drilling is planned to test the continuation of the anomaly along strike in both directions.

2) Drill hole WCX-11-20 in the northwestern section of the claims encountered a gold zone extending from 792.0 feet through 854.5 feet (62.5 ft./19.1m) at a grade of 2.6 grams per metric tonne (0.08 ounces per ton) including an interval from 792.0ft to 817.0 ft (25 ft/7.6m) grading 5.08 grams per metric tonne (0.15 ounce per ton). The hole was still in the strong pyritic vein zone when it had to be terminated at 877.0 ft because all available drill rods had been used.

Planning is underway for additional work to take place in Fiscal 2014 in the Morning Star area and also north of Williams Creek to attempt to intersect the mineralization encountered in Drill Holes WCX-11-01 through WCX-11-06 that is anticipated to provide a better chance of intersecting an extension of the known mineralized veins.

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Project Status

Estimated Project Start Date
Exploration underway

Project Partners


Proponent Contact

Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.

Economic Development Contact

Amy Reid
Economic Development Officer
Quesnel Community & Economic Development Corporation

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