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File Created: 24-Jul-85 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  20-Sep-12 by Laura deGroot(LDG)

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NMI 092J15 Au17
BCGS Map 092J086
Status Past Producer NTS Map 092J15W
Latitude 50º 52' 37" N UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 122º 49' 45" W Northing 5636155
Easting 512019
Commodities Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Antimony Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Cadwallader
Capsule Geology

The Wayside Property, in the Bridge River District, consists of 45 mineral claims and 1 mining lease. It totals 53 units which covers approximately 3000 acres. The property is located 1.5 kilometres north of Gold Bridge, abutting the Gold Bridge Highway. It is held 100 per cent by International Wayside Gold Mines Ltd., who have focused on multi-phased exploration programs in this area since 1971. See also New Discovery (092JNE121), Commodore (092JNE124) and Two Bob (092JNE150).

The property was first staked by J.C. Patterson in 1900. The original claim group, comprising the Wayside, Argon, Radium, Helium and Queen City Fraction, was sold to O. Fergusson and C. Walker six years later. By 1910 three adits had been driven on the Wayside vein system and a sample of pyrite-enriched quartz ore was shipped by pack-train for testing. D.C. Paxton then acquired the property and a small mill was in operation by 1915. From 1917 to 1922 there are no reports of activity and the property passed to Messrs. Fergusson and Walker in 1924. This led to a program of sampling and geological mapping and the property was transferred to Wayside Consolidated Gold Mines Limited in 1928. By 1933 complete camp facilities were installed, including a hydro-electric plant; the Wayside vein system had been exposed on five levels in 300 metres of tunnelling over a vertical interval of 150 metres. Production in 1915, and between 1934 and 1937, totalled 39,109 tonnes of ore, yielding 166.1 kilograms of gold and 26.1 kilograms of silver.

From the end of operations in 1937 until recently only a small amount of exploration work was done, mainly by the L.A.P. Mining Company Limited (1946 to 1953) and the Ace Mining Company Limited (after 1959). In 1947 the mine was dewatered and rehabilitated with the addition of hoisting equipment 900 tonnes of ore were produced for metallurgical testing. A fire at the mine in 1953 curtailed further curtailed further development. In 1971 Dawson Range Mines Limited (Carpenter Lake Resources Limited) acquired the property and in the following four years completed a number of programs including geological and geophysical surveys, underground rehabilitation, sampling, and diamond drilling (2344 metres in 1980). This led to the discovery of the 'New Discovery' and 'Commodore' zones and the '3T' vein. In 1984 the property was optioned to Amazon Petroleum Corporation Limited and many targets were retested by diamond drilling (1829 metres in 1984; 2438 metres in 1985). Early in 1987, Amazon Petroleum Inc. and Carpenter Lake Resources Limited optioned the property to Chevron Canada Resources Limited. This began renewed exploration activity on the property based on similarities in geological setting, morphology and mineralization between the Wayside mine and the gold-quartz veins at Bralorne, 15 kilometres to the south. A total of 21 diamond drill-holes (3006 metres) were completed in Chevron's 1987-88 program to locate faulted segments of the Wayside veins and similar mineralization. Work in 1992 by Wayside Gold Mines Ltd. and Brigadier Resources Limited, in a 50/50 partnership relationship, included dewatering of the lower levels of the Wayside mine and resampling the main vein and Notman vein systems. They drilled 31 underground holes in 1993. Wayside Gold Mines Ltd. became International Wayside Gold Mines Ltd. in 1994.

The Wayside mine consists of auriferous mesothermal veins within a wedge-shaped block of Permian Bralorne Igneous Complex augite diorite, in fault contact with ribbon chert and greenstone of the Mississippian-Jurassic Bridge River Complex (Group), and greenstone and argillite turbidites of the Upper Triassic Cadwallader Group. The augite diorite is intersected by a network of narrow quartz-carbonate stringers and massive aplite dykes up to 10 metres wide.

The deposits occur in a strong northwest trending, northeast dipping shear zone which is followed for over 300 metres through the highly schistose, sheeted and altered rock. The quartz veins are massive, milky, ribboned and brecciated, average less than 45 centimetres wide, and pinch and swell with chloritic partings. Most occur in narrow shears on the footwall side of the main shear zone although one (the Notman or Hanging Wall vein) occurs on the hanging wall side. Much of the main shear contains little or no mineralization, and the higher grade material is found in branch fissures off the main shear and at shear junctions. The sulphides include pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, telluride (probably sylvanite), galena, tetrahedrite, sphalerite, stibnite and native gold. Alteration minerals are siderite, mariposite, talc, sericite and chlorite.

The main shear is reported to have less than 1.7 grams per tonne as an average gold assay but relatively recent drilling beneath the ninth level reports 163.2 grams of gold per tonne across a 1.6-metre intersection (Assessment Report 13605).

Drill indicated reserves at the Wayside mine (likely New Discovery, 092JNE121) are 283,950 tonnes grading 3.43 grams per tonne gold, 2 per cent copper and 2.5 per cent zinc (Canadian Mines Handbook 1989-90, page 36; 1992-93, page 69). An additional 98,000 tonnes is reported under the old workings. A 1500-metre drill program was in progress during the remaining months of 1991.

EMPR AR 1906-181; 1907-L145; 1911-K188; 1912-K191; 1913-K265; 1914-
K371; 1915-K282; 1916-K269; 1917-231; 1918-K231, 241; 1919-N178,
186; 1920-N167, 173; 1921-G193; 1922-N136; 1923-A165; 1924-B141;
1927-C216; 1928-C218; 1929-C235; 1930-A202; 1932-A217; 1933-A267;
1935-G42; 1946-A113; 1947-A135; 1948-A106; 1949-A106; 1950-109;
1951-123; 1952-113; 1960-20; 1961-25; 1962-21
EMPR ASS RPT 7948, *13605, *14164, 16718, 17091, *18240, 23334
EMPR BULL 1 (1932), p. 76; 1 (1934), p. 42; 20 (Part IV), p. 33
EMPR ENG INSP Fiche No. 202529,202533,202534,202555-202557,61765
EMPR EXPL 1976-E124; 1977-E170; 1978-E179; 1979-186; 1983-323;
1975-E109; 1985-C226; 1987-B35; 1988-C124
EMPR FIELDWORK 1974, p. 35; 1985, p. 303; 1986, p. 23; 1987, pp. 93-
104; 1987, pp. 115-130; 1989, pp. 53-72; 1990, pp. 75-83
EMPR GEM 1972-283; 1974-206
EMPR GEOLOGY 1975, p. G58
EMPR MAP 65 (1989)
EMPR OF 1988-3; 1989-4; 1990-10; 1992-1
EMPR P 1991-4, pp. 182,183; *1995-3, pp. 98-101
EMPR PF (Progress Rpt., 1934; Rpts. by *J.P. Elwell, 1971 and S.F.
Kelly, 1974; Numerous earlier reports, maps and plans;
International Wayside Gold Mines Ltd. Website (Mar.1999): The
Wayside Property, 2 p.; Kelly, S.F. (1972): Report on Wayside Mine
Property; Lammle, C.A.R. (1974): Preliminary Geological Report on
the Wayside Mine Property; Plan maps of underground workings,
1952, 1974, 1980; Assay plan maps, H.H. Yuill, 1934; The Prism
Report Newsletter, 1982; Mineral Exploration Incentive Program
application, 1987; Property description by B.N. Church, 1990; International Wayside Gold Mines Ltd. Annual Report 2002)
EMR MIN BULL MR 223 B.C. 163
GSC MEM 130, p. 95; *213, p. 132
GSC OF 482
GSC P 73-17
GSC SUM RPT 1932 Part AII, p. 70
CJES Vol.24 (1987), pp. 2279-2291
CMH 1986-87, pp. 37,89; 1988-89, pp. 39,100; 1989-90, pp. 36,100;
1990-91, pp. 44,106; 1991-92, pp. 37,95; 1992-93, pp. 69, 366;
1993-94, pp. 68,356; 1994-95, p. 210; 1995-96, p. 214; 1998-99,
p. 253
GCNL #225, 1980; #194, 1981; #180, 1982; #133,#178,#240,#241, 1983;
#31,#90,#115,#181,#206,#211, 1984; #71,#133,#188,#192, 1985; *#79,
#108,#120,#226, 1986; #7,#47,#71, 1987; #63, 1989; #108,
#129(Jul.5),#199(Oct.16),#211(Nov.1),#227(Nov.26), 1991;
#159(Aug.18),#200(Oct.16),#234(Dec.4), 1992
IPDM May/June 1984; May/June, Sept. 1985
N MINER July 17, 1975; June 17, 1977; Feb.18, 1982; Mar.1, 1989
V STOCKWATCH Dec.8, 1987; Apr.10, 1989
Bridge River-Lilloet News, Aug. 9, 1934
The Vancouver Daily Province, July 10, 1934
Western Canadian Mining News, Aug.10, 1934, p. 2
Chevron File