Omineca Mining & Metals primary asset is its 100% interest in the 2,702ha Wingdam Gold Project located along Lightning Creek near the Wells-Barkerville area of Central British Columbia, 42 km east of Quesnel. This area is historically significant as the location of "Cariboo Gold Rush" which began in the 1860's and was preceded by an earlier gold rush to the nearby sand bars of the Fraser River in the late 1850's. Long after these gold rushes had ended, attempts were being made to access the yet unworked placer gold gravels at the site of the Wingdam Gold Project, all to no avail due to the deep overburden.
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The Early Stampede
Until the mid 1800's the economic driver for the territory of British Columbia within the then Dominion of Canada was the fur trade. The interior of this territory was familiar only to indigenous peoples, trappers and Hudson's Bay personnel. That all changed with the discovery of gold in the sand bars of the Fraser River in 1858. More than 30,000 gold seekers travelled north during the summer of 1858 as news of the discovery reached San Francisco. The jumping off point for most was Fort Victoria from which they travelled through the wilderness to the Fraser River of the southern Cariboo Region.
The Faser River find turned out to be disappointing for most and the stampede petered out, those who remained continued their search in this region and in 1859 gold was discovered in the tributaries of the Quesnel River that drain the Cariboo Region.
In the sping of 1861, three prospectors of the Cariboo Region set out from their paying claims on Jack of Clubs Creek to search for richer ground. After an arduous journey into the wilderness they located what was to become known as Lightning Creek. Although they claimed no rich placer gold was found, the creek soon became known for it's rich placer gold and by 1862 not an inch of vacant ground was available to be staked on the main creek. Lightning Creek ultimately produced more gold than all others in the Cariboo with the sole exception of Williams Creek where Billy Barker made his discovery.
In 1862, about 50km west of Lightning Creek, Billy Barker made his discovery of bonanza gold on Williams Creek and the rush was on in earnest. Within a year Barkerville swelled to more than 10,000 residents.
The End of the Rush
Most of the gold recovered in the Cariboo was in the first five years of the gold rush 1861 - 1866, after that the small mining communities that sprang up fell into decay as the prospectors evaporated into the hills in pursuit of the next "big one".
The Wingdam Project - Pristine Placer Gravels
Located on Lightning Creek 42km east of Quesnel, B.C., the property overlies both placer and hard-rock tenures along the Deep Lead Channel of Lightning Creek, where topographic conditions have created deep overburden accumulation (approximately 50m deep) which effectively resulted in a large portion of the channel being excluded from conventional surface placer mining activity. Historical and recent drilling and seismic surveying indicate that the channel floor varies from 6 to 39 m in width and extends 2,430 m along the length of the property. In effect, the gravels comprising the Wingdam Gold Project are pristine, despite the extensive historical economic activity which took place both up-stream and down-stream on Lightning Creek.
Historical Mining Attempts
The Wingdam Project was first thought to present a good underground mining prospect in 1896 when Lightning Creek Gold. Gravels & Drainage Company attempted to drive a drift from approximately 8000 ft downstream of the current Wingdam location. This drift was abandoned.
Throughout the 1920's and 30's extensive drilling was carried out to define the location of the channel and establish gold grades. After the No1 shaft and workings failed, the Melvin shaft was sunk 280ft through the bedrock and tunnels drifted upstream and downstream adjacent to the channel. Raises were then established from these drifts toward the channel and ultimately to the bedrock and gravel interface. Once tunneling throught the bedrock reached this interface, the instability of the gravels and silt caused mass flooding of material termed "Cariboo Slum" into the mine which resulted in sink holes to surface. The workings were abandoned.
Another attempt was made to mine the gravel/bedrock interface in 1961 but "Cariboo Slum" flooded the workings again and the mine was closed.
In 1986 Gold Ridge Resources hydraulically jacked a 42 inch diameter pipe 61ft into the channel from the safety of a the bedrock. It provided a stabilizing structure to prevent flooding of Cariboo Slum but it failed to intersect the the bedrock and gravel interface, it was too high by approximately two feet as you can see in the photos to the right. Unfortunately for the company, finances were running out and the equipment was failing, the mine was soon closed.
CVG Mining - Bulk Sample
In 2009, CVG Mining Ltd. acquired the property and in 2012 using a ground freeze method CVG was successful at excavating a bulk sample consisting of a 2.44m x 2.44m cross cut drift the entire width of the channel - 23.5m. This was the first time a drift across the channel had been accomplished. From this bulk sample 173 ounces of gold were recovered using a simple mechanical process of gravity separation. For more information view the 2012 Wingdam Property NI 43-101 Report.
Acquisition of CVG Mining
During October 2013 and after receiving shareholder approval, Omineca Mining & Metals acquired CVG Mining Ltd., a private British Columbia corporation, by means of a share exchange. Omineca Mining & Metals gained 100% control of CVG's assets including the Wingdam Gold and Fraser Canyon Projects. See news release dated Oct 5, 2012 for details of the agreement.
Omineca Mining & Metals - An Exploration and Development Company
Omineca Mining & Metals (OMM:TSX-V) is an exploration and development company operating in Western Canada, it is managed by the same team that brought you Eagle Plains and Copper Canyon Resources. Omineca was spun-out on a 1 for 4 share basis to the shareholders of Copper Canyon Resources during the acquisition that company by NovaGold Resources in May 2011. Prior to this, Copper Canyon Resources was spun-out on a 1 for 1 share basis to Eagle Plains Resources shareholders during a reorganization of that companys assets in June 2006.
For more information regarding Omineca Mining & Metals please contact: Mike Labach at email@example.com or call 1 866 Hunt Ore (486 8673).
Updated August 24, 2016