Bralorne Gold Mines
Bralorne Gold Mine Ltd. currently occupies 2,490 hectares (5,478 acres) of rich gold property located 119 kilometres east from Lillooet, British Columbia, and is accessible by paved roads. Local labour pool and supplies in the local area allow a quick response to exploration and development programs.
About This Project
The Bralorne Gold Mine represents one of Canada’s most prolific mining operations. Located in southwestern British Columbia, the mine has operated under trial production status since 2010 and remains in the exploration and evaluation stage. The Bralorne and nearby Pioneer and King mines produced 4.15 million ounces of gold from 7.9 million tons of ore from 1928 to 1971. Average head grades exceeded half-an-ounce per ton.
The mine was developed on a classic gold-quartz vein deposit, comparable in geological aspects to major gold deposits such as those in the well-known Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Red Lake, Yellowknife, Motherlode and Kalgoorlie districts. The gold-quartz veins were followed from surface to over a 6,500 feet depth. Minimal exploration work was conducted beyond the known veins, and the areas between the historical mines were left undeveloped. In recent years, exploration of these undeveloped gaps led to new high-grade discoveries. While the mine shut down in 1971 due to low gold prices at the time, the result of these discoveries led to the mine being re-furbished and re-opened in its current trial stage.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines acquired Bralorne Gold Mines in October of 2014, giving Avino full control and ownership of the Bralorne mine. Avino is implementing a multi-stage, multi-year plan to increase gold resources, expand the mine’s operating capacity and realize a much more efficient operation that will contribute significantly to Avino’s overall production in the coming years.
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Estimated Project Start Date
Exploration began in 2002; bulk sampling commenced in 2004
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.