Orogenic Au, VMS, Magmatic Ni-Cu
The Western Wabigoon Project is a 58,866 hectare, district-scale greenfields exploration Project located in northwestern Ontario. The property represents an opportunity for grassroots discovery over a large area of converging deformation zones within a prospective greenstone belt. The Project is well situated, close to infrastructure and in a favourable jurisdiction.
Location and Access
The Western Wabigoon Project is located within the Rainy River District of Western Ontario and the center of the property is located 40km to the northeast of the town of Fort Frances and 80km east of the town of Rainy River. The project is intersected by provincial highway 502, and contains an extensive network of forestry roads. Rail and transmission lines are within 15km of the Project’s southern boundary, and a separate transmission line is 26km from the western boundary.
Geology and Mineralisation
The property is situated at the western end of the Wabigoon Subprovince of the Archean Superior Province. The geology of the property is dominated by an extensive greenstone belt of mafic and lesser felsic to intermediate metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks which have been metamorphosed to greenschist to amphibolite grades.
Within the northern portion of the Project is an intersection of the major Pipestone-Cameron deformation zone (PCDZ), Pipestone-Manitou Straits deformation zone (PMDZ), and the Helena-Pipestone deformation zone (HPDZ). The PCDZ hosts the Cameron orogenic Au deposit to the northwest of the property, and the HPDZ hosts the Rainy River deposit 55km to the southwest. These fault zones host a number of additional gold showings and deposits, usually associated iron carbonate veins, altered shear zones and porphyry dykes. The southern handle of greenstone belt has seen very little exploration maturity and hosts gabbroic sills, porphyry dykes, VMS-style zinc occurrences and pegmatite dykes. Several base metal VMS occurrences occur within the southern portion of the Project, and anomalous Li, Cs and Rb in lake sediment geochemistry are spatially coincident with pegmatite dykes noted in regional mapping.
Although the area has seen exploration dating back to the 1930’s, the most significant exploration conducted has been targeting base metal potential in the 1970’s. A total of 123 diamond drill holes are within the Project boundaries. Lake sediment, soil MMI, and prospecting program was carried out along the northern boundary of the Project in 2011 to explore the orogenic potential. Since then, no systematic geochemical surveys or detailed geophysical surveys have been performed.
Summary of exploration activities conducted by Kenorland Minerals
Since staking of the Project in April 2023, Kenorland has completed the compilation and digitization of historical exploration data within the Project area. A LIDAR survey was flown by Kenorland in the summer of 2023 to aid in surficial geological interpretation and planning of systematic geochemical surveys.