Elizabeth Gold Property

The Elizabeth Gold Property is a high-grade gold project located in southwestern British Columbia in the Lillooet Mining District, approximately 220 kms north of Vancouver, 30 kms northeast of the historic mining town of Bralorne and 30 kms south of the Blackdome Gold Mine.

About This Project

The original Elizabeth claims, which consist of 4 Crown-granted mineral claims, were optioned from Mr. David White and Mr. Tom Illidge in May 2002. Since then, 4 surrounding claims, known as the “Blue Claims,” were optioned from Mr. Tom Illidge, and Sona subsequently enlarged the project by staking an additional 21 mineral claims. In the spring of 2005, all of the claims were converted to the new B.C Mineral Titles Online system. The Elizabeth Gold Property now consists of 51 contiguous claims which include both the Elizabeth and the Blackdome properties.

Given its proximity and potentially upgradeable access to Sona’s permitted milling facility at the Blackdome Gold Mine, the Elizabeth Gold Property constitutes a strategic acquisition that strongly complements the Company’s existing land position. The Sona team believes that the Elizabeth Gold Property has good prospects for early production, following successful underground exploration. The high grades identified in several veins, combined with the existing infrastructure, make the Elizabeth Gold Property a promising exploration target that can be rapidly advanced.

The 34,794-hectare property is situated along a tributary of the Yalakom River in steep, glaciated terrain between 2,100 and 2,500 metres in elevation. Access to the property is from the town of Lillooet, approximately 75 kms up the Yalakom River forest service road. The property has good infrastructure, with several roads accessing the old mine workings and the areas proposed for exploration. A new 24 person camp on the property accommodates mining and exploration crews.

Since acquiring the property in 2002, the Sona Resources team has conducted five diamond drilling programs totalling 12,742 metres. In June 2009, Sona reported an initial inferred resource estimate at the Elizabeth Gold Property of 522,900 tonnes, grading an average of 12.3g Au/t and using a cut-off grade of 5.0g Au/t, for a total of 206,100 oz Au. The resource estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting Inc. In the fall of 2009, Sona contracted Micon International Limited to complete a preliminary assessment of the Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Property, to evaluate potential underground mining operations at both sites. Any eventual production from the Elizabeth Gold Property will be transported by road for processing at the Blackdome Gold Mine gravity and flotation mill.

In 2012, Sona received a conditional Special Use Permit (SUP) from the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the construction of approximately 5 kms of road, which will directly connect the Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Deposit Property by existing forest service roads. This will facilitate the transportation of mineralized rock from Elizabeth to the processing mill at Blackdome. The SUP is subject to Sona posting a $200,000 bond. In support of the SUP, independent consulting firms have developed a terrain stability assessment, a wildlife management plan and a road management plan. Construction of the new road is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013.

Sona has also been granted an effluent discharge permit by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment for the discharge of water from the Southwest Portal on the Elizabeth property during the planned underground drifting, drilling and sampling program on the mineralized Southwest Vein.

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Project Status

Estimate Investment
$47 million

Estimated Project Start Date

Project Partners

Sona Resources Corporation



Proponent Contact

Sona Resources Corp.

Economic Development Contact

Jeannette Nadon
Communications and Grants Coordinator
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
604-894-6371 ext. 239

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