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File Created: 25-Nov-1995 by Jay W. Page (JWP)
Last Edit:  26-Jan-1996 by Jay W. Page (JWP)

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Name BOLIVAR ROAD, OKA, IRON HORSE Mining Division Osoyoos
BCGS Map 082E081
Status Showing NTS Map 082E13W
Latitude 049º 48' 12'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 119º 54' 47'' Northing 5520836
Easting 290394
Commodities Gold Deposit Types K04 : Au skarn
Tectonic Belt Intermontane Terrane Quesnel, Plutonic Rocks
Capsule Geology

The BOLIVAR ROAD prospect is located approximately 13 kilometres west-northwest of Peachland.

This area is underlain by Triassic-Jurassic Nicola Group andesite with lesser interbedded hornfelsed siltstone and skarn. The Nicola Group rocks form a large northwest-southeast trending pendant which is underlain and intruded by granodiorite and diorite of the Early Jurassic Pennask Batholith.

Exploration in this area, for gold bearing quartz veins and shear zones, dates back to the 1890s when the ALMA MATER (082ENW017) and the SILVER KING (082ENW018) were developed. During the 1960s and early 1970s the entire area west of Okanagan Lake was subject to a major exploration effort directed at copper-molybdenum porphyry deposits.

Beginning in 1986 the gold potential of Nicola Group skarns was investigated by Fairfield Minerals Ltd. During the following 2 years Fairfield carried out a major program of soil sampling, prospecting, linecutting, geological mapping, magnetometer surveys, trenching and 6000 metres of reverse circulation drilling. Exploration focused on a number of mineral occurrences within the Nicola Group, including: BOLIVAR WEST (082ENW098), BOLIVAR EAST (082ENW099), BOLIVAR ROAD, BOLIVAR CREEK (082ENW101), IRON HORSE (082ENW025), and CAP (082ENW026).

In 1988, a joint venture between Fairfield Minerals Ltd. and Placer Dome Inc. funded a 6000 metre reverse circulation drill program. In the BOLIVAR ROAD area 5 vertical holes were drilled for a total of 701.04 metres. Holes were spotted to test gold soil anomalies. Gold assays from 2 locations exceeded 0.5 gram per tonne (Assessment Report 18711). The best intersection, 2.032 grams per tonne gold over 1.52 metres in hole 88-39, was associated with a fine to medium-grained siliceous rock with a trace of pyrite and abundant iron oxide (Assessment Report 18711). All significant gold results from drillholes in this area were within 27.4 metres of the surface.

EMPR ASS RPT 15834, 16761, 16788, *18711, 21923, 24026
EMPR EXPL 1987-C36; 1988-C24
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 270-272
EMPR INF CIRC 1989-1, Table 1 (190)
EMPR OF 1994-8
EMPR P 1989-3, pp.38-40, pp. 125-126
EMPR PF (See 082ENW017)
GSC MAP 538A; 15-1961; 1701A; 1712A; 1713A; 1714A; 1736A; 7686G; 8522G
GSC OF 409; 736; 1969
N MINER Dec. 15, 1986
Placer Dome File