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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  27-Nov-2014 by Laura deGroot (LDG)

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Name VICTORIA (L.47) Mining Division Nanaimo
BCGS Map 092F078
Status Showing NTS Map 092F10E
Latitude 049º 44' 18'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 124º 34' 42'' Northing 5510734
Easting 386275
Commodities Gold, Copper, Lead Deposit Types I06 : Cu+/-Ag quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Victoria occurrence is located on Texada Island, approximately 100 metres east of Kirk lake.

The Victoria occurrence area is underlain by Upper Triassic Karmutsen Formation (Vancouver Group) pillow basalt breccias and amygdaloidal basalt. It lies close to the Kirk Lake fault and its intersection with the Holly fault to the east.

At the Victoria showing, a steep pyritic shear zone, possibly a part of the Kirk Lake fault, strikes 120 degrees and dips 70 to 80 degrees south. An irregular, lensoidal quartz stringer, 0.1 to 0.3 metres wide, occurs in the shear. Wallrock is variably chloritized and pyritic. Grab samples from the shear zone assayed 0.13 per cent copper and 0.74 per cent lead (Assessment Report 18212).

An inclined shaft was developed on one of two pyritic quartz veins, approximately 18 metres apart and 10 to 51 centimetres wide. Mineralization consists of minor chalcopyrite, trace galena and native gold. A small amount of gold was recovered (Geological Survey of Canada Memoir 58, page 92).

The area was originally worked intermittently from the 1890s until 1928. Several shafts were driven over this time period. In 1928, Texada Gulf Mining Co. Ltd. took over the Victoria claim, which was held by B.C. Gold Mines Ltd., dewatered the workings and completed exploratory work in the area. The exploration was unsuccessful and the property was dropped.

In 1988, Consolidated Van Anda Gold Ltd. executed soil and rock sampling on the Victoria claim. Highlights include sample 35952, which assayed 0.74 per cent lead (Assessment Report 18212).

In 1989, Echo Bay Mines Ltd. completed prospecting in the area.

In 1993, Robert A. Perry completed geochemical soil and rock sampling on the area. In 1997, he conducted a geophysical self-potential survey on the property which discovered a geophysical anomaly that covers the old workings.

In 2012, Northstar Mining Ltd. and Coast Minerals Corp. completed a small prospecting program in the area.

EMPR AR 1896-553; *1897-563
EMPR ASS RPT 7939, 9511, *18212, 23017, 25126, 33753
EMPR FIELDWORK 1989, pp. 257-270
EMPR OF 1988-28; 1990-3
EMPR PF (District Geologist assays, 2001; Regional Geologist's notes, 1992; Photos, 1990-1994; Prospectors Report 1999-25 by Robert Duker)
GSC EC GEOL 3, pp. 86-102
GSC MAP 1386A; 17-1968
GSC MEM *58, p. 92
GSC OF 463
GSC P 68-50
GSC SUM RPT 1924 Part A, pp. 106-144