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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  30-Mar-2022 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 082K13 Ag1
BCGS Map 082K082
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082K13E
Latitude 050º 52' 05'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 44' 52'' Northing 5635419
Easting 447380
Commodities Silver, Lead, Zinc, Gold, Copper Deposit Types I05 : Polymetallic veins Ag-Pb-Zn+/-Au
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Kootenay
Capsule Geology

The Teddy Glacier occurrence is located at an elevation of approximately 2300 metres on an east-facing slope of Mount McKinnon, at the head of a tributary of Stephany Creek and 16 kilometres north of Beaton. Access is 30 kilometres by road from Beaton via the main Incomappleux River and Sable Creek roads.

Lower Cambrian and younger Lardeau Group metasedimentary and sedimentary rocks form a broad, northwest-trending belt northeast of the Kuskanax Batholith. This belt, in part, straddles the northern end of the Kootenay Arc.

The Teddy Glacier occurrence is predominantly underlain by complexly folded and sheared limy and carbonaceous phyllites, grits and limestone of the Lardeau Group (Jowett and Index formations). Regional structures trend northwest, with a northwest-trending section of the Finkle synform axis crossing the northeast corner of the area. There are, however, a number of lineations and fold axes mapped with an easterly vergence. The general strike of the phyllites is 315 degrees with steep dips to the northeast.

The most important mineralization at Teddy Glacier is found in quartz veins in two fracture zones that cut obliquely across limy and carbonaceous phyllites. Several greenstone dikes, generally narrow in width, are observed near the veins. The East vein is in the more easterly fracture and strikes approximately 350 degrees. The width of the vein varies from a few centimetres to 1.2 metres. The West vein, to the west of the East vein, strikes 343 degrees and is similarly mineralized. The East and West veins merge in the southeast to form the 'Big Showing'. This showing comprises a large body of quartz, roughly 9 metres long, carrying bodies of coarse sulphides up to 1.5 metres wide. Assay results across 4.9 metres at the widest point on the vein yielded 8.9 grams per tonne gold, 280 grams per tonne silver, 12.9 per cent lead and 7.1 per cent zinc (Richmond, 1949). The Dunbar vein is 90 to 300 metres to the northwest and is in the same structure that hosts the West vein. Assay results on the Dunbar vein across 0.7 metre returned 6.9 grams per tonne gold, 840 grams per tonne silver, 34.0 per cent lead and 2.8 per cent zinc (Richmond, 1949).

Numerous other quartz veins on the property strike in various directions, but most frequently at right angles to the strike of the stratigraphy. Many of these veins connect with the main veins (East and West) and pinch out a short distance away from them. Mineralization in these veins is quite irregular, but they are locally well mineralized near their junctions with the main veins.

The sulphides occur as masses and bunches of almost clean (70 to 80 per cent) galena, pyrite, sphalerite and minor chalcopyrite in quartz gangue and, less frequently, as intimately intermixed fine-grained sulphides in narrow lenses in quartz. Tetrahedrite occurs as small inclusions in the galena. In most of the ore, silver is closely associated with galena and gold with pyrite (approximately 29 grams of gold per tonne of pyrite). The wallrocks on both the footwall and hangingwall sides of the orebodies are hard, competent limy-quartzitic, sedimentary rocks that have been silicified, fractured and faulted during folding and, to a minor extent, after sulphide mineralization.

Probable and inferred reserves at Teddy Glacier are 44 216 tonnes grading 161.1 grams per tonne silver, 4.4 grams per tonne gold, 7.9 per cent lead and 6.8 per cent zinc (Sunshine Lardeau Mining Ltd. 1964 Annual Report).

Work History

The property was staked in 1924 by G. Ritchie and G. Edge. High-grade float strewn for 300 metres down slope led these prospectors to the mineral occurrences at the foot of the receding 'Teddy' glacier.

Teddy Glacier Mines, Ltd. was incorporated in 1924 by F.R. Blockberger and Associates to acquire the important Rambler-Cariboo, Blackhead, Margaret and Mary Jane claims. A trail was opened to the property in 1925, and in late 1926 a crosscut adit was begun just below the main showing. The adit was advanced to the vein during 1927 and then work stopped. In 1929, the Bush and McCulloch interests provided funds for extending the crosscut to a second vein. A shipment of 5 tonnes of ore was made at this time, yielding 2302 grams of silver, 124 grams of gold, 855 kilograms of lead and 1351 kilograms of zinc.

No further activity was reported until a syndicate, financed by Mines Selection Trust of London, began extensive development work in 1934. A considerable amount of money was spent on equipment, trails and camp buildings. Also at this time, approximately 500 metres of drifting and crosscutting was done in the upper adit. In 1935, a lower adit, begun 55 metres below the upper adit, was driven 18 metres then abandoned because the upper-level results were not encouraging.

The claims were allowed to lapse in 1942. The central claims of the group, covering the main showings, were re-staked in 1942 by A.D. Oakley, who subsequently sold controlling interest to A.M. Richmond, who represented American Lead-Silver Mines Ltd. Richmond did a detailed re-evaluation of the property. The property was optioned to Columbia Metals Corporation Ltd. in 1952; however, no activity other than road building was reported and the option was abandoned.

In 1959 the property was acquired under joint ownership by Sunshine Lardeau Mines Ltd., Maralgo Mines Ltd. and Magnum Consolidated Mining Co. Ltd.; an indirect interest was secured by Transcontinental Resources Ltd. Work by this consortium during 1963 included geological mapping, sampling of the underground workings and 150 metres of diamond drilling in six holes. Road construction in 1964 disclosed new showings on the Bell No. 14 claim, located 900 metres southeast of the main workings; however, a drill program, totaling 660 metres, was somewhat discouraging and did not establish the continuity of the ore zones.

In 1981, Sunshine Columbia Resources Ltd. completed two diamond drillholes at Teddy Glacier.

In 1987, the property was held by K-2 Resources Inc. (formerly Sunshine Columbia Resources Ltd.), who completed an airborne geophysical survey. Also at this time, six underground samples from the ‘Big Showing’ are reported to have yielded an average of 4.11 grams per tonne gold, 193.0 grams per tonne silver, 6.46 per cent lead and 14.32 per cent zinc, whereas a 90.7-kilogram bulk sample yielded 13.71 grams per tonne gold, 301.7 grams per tonne silver, 12.06 per cent lead and 13.21 per cent zinc (Jazz Resources Inc. [2007-11-07]: Technical Report on the Teddy Glacier Property, North Lardeau Belt, Revelstoke - Camborne Area, Revelstoke Mining Division).

In 1993 and 1994, K-2 Resources Inc. completed programs of road rehabilitation, trenching, diamond drilling and a 5-tonne bulk sample, which was shipped to the Trail smelter. A further 100 to 150 tonnes of high-grade vein material was reported to have been extracted, yielding an average of 14.57 grams per tonne gold, 397.7 grams per tonne silver, 1.20 per cent copper, 18.4 per cent zinc lead and 9.6 per cent zinc (Jazz Resources Inc. [2007-11-07]: Technical Report on the Teddy Glacier Property, North Lardeau Belt, Revelstoke - Camborne Area, Revelstoke Mining Division).

In 2006, Jazz Resources Inc. (descendant of K-2 Resources Inc.) completed a program of prospecting, bulk sampling and road rehabilitation. Approximately 3 tonnes of the 150-tonne bulk sample were shipped to Nakusp; the rest was stockpiled on site. Metallurgical testing of a 30-kilogram sample indicated high flotation recoveries (greater than 90 per cent) yielding a head grade of 8.0 grams per tonne gold, 490.2 grams per tonne silver, 8.0 per cent zinc and 39.7 per cent lead (Jazz Resources Inc. [2007-11-07]: Technical Report on the Teddy Glacier Property, North Lardeau Belt, Revelstoke - Camborne Area, Revelstoke Mining Division).

In 2013, Jazz Resources Inc. was issued a permit for a pilot mill and tailings pond at the former Spider mine (MINFILE 082KNW045) mill site to process bulk samples of mineralization from the Teddy Glacier property.

EMPR AR 1924-B206-B207; *1925-A262-A263; 1926-A271,A272; 1927-C291, C292,C405; 1928-C318; 1929-C285,C339,C340; 1930-A261,A262; 1934- A30; 1935-E21-E24,G51; 1952-A183; 1963-80; 1964-131; 1965-197
EMPR BULL 1 (1932), p. 112; 2 (1914)
EMPR MAP 65 (1989)
EMPR OF 1992-1; 1998-10
EMPR PF (*Richmond, A.M. (1949): Report on the Teddy Glacier Mining Property)
EMR MP CORPFILE (Teddy Glacier Mines Limited; American Lead Silver Mines, Limited; Columinda Metals Corporation Limited; Transcontinental Resources Limited; Sunshine Lardeau Mines, Limited; Sunshine Columbia Resources Limited)
GSC OF 288; 432; 464
GSC SUM RPT 1921 Part A, pp. 107-110
CANMET IR 462; 2950
GCNL #149(Aug.1), #56(Mar.19), 1980
PR REL Jazz Resources Inc., Jan. 9, 2013
V STOCKWATCH Dec.9, 1987 (K-2 Resources Inc.)
*Jazz Resources Inc. (2007-11-07): Technical Report on the Teddy Glacier Property, North Lardeau Belt, Revelstoke - Camborne Area, Revelstoke Mining Division
EMPR PFD 3968, 901988, 20555