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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  04-Aug-2020 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

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NMI 082F3 Au3
Name VANCOUVER (L.10006), QUEEN Mining Division Nelson
BCGS Map 082F015
Status Past Producer NTS Map 082F03E
Latitude 049º 08' 27'' UTM 11 (NAD 83)
Longitude 117º 07' 42'' Northing 5443120
Easting 490640
Commodities Gold, Silver Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Omineca Terrane Ancestral North America
Capsule Geology

This property is located on Waldie creek near its junction with Sheep Creek. The Kootenay Belle (082FSW046) property adjoins on the northeast. Other associated properties are Yellowstone, Queen, Midnight and Alexander (082FSW052, 048, 050, 051).

Leasers began development work on the Queen property in about 1900; the Holmes Syndicate carried on development work during part of 1902.

Queen Mines Incorporated purchased the property in 1908 and operated the mine until 1916.

The Vancouver occurrence is a sheared quartz vein hosted by Upper Navada Member quartzites of the Lower Cambrian Quartzite Range Formation. The quartzites strike 080 degrees and dip 62 to 83 degrees south. The vein contains a grey to white quartz gangue containing disseminated pyrite and some magnetite. Faulting has resulted in a 1.8-metre dextral offset and the vein is commonly highly brecciated and host to clays and sericite on fracture surfaces. The footwall contact is gradational and locally the footwall rocks are strongly silicified. Although not exposed in the Vancouver workings, a quartz-porphyry sill intrudes the sediments south and west of the adit at the Midnight (082FSW050) occurrence. Oxidation of the sulphides has resulted in limonite and hematite near surface.

From 6 years between 1909 and 1933, a total of 347 tonnes of ore were mined from which 29,983 grams of gold and 12,815 grams of silver were recovered.

Refer to Kootenay Belle (082FSW046) for a summary of the Sheep Creek mining camp.

EMPR AR 1909-121,272; 1910-110; 1911-160,284; 1912-322; 1913-130,
419; 1916-205; 1926-279; 1932-25,160; 1933-200,230; 1934-E17,19
EMPR ASS RPT 8694, 9703, *11589
EMPR BULL 1, p. 107; *31, pp. 66,68; 41; 109
GSC MAP 50-19A; *299A; 1090A; 1091A; *1145A
GSC MEM *172, p. 41; 308, p. 175
GSC OF 1195
GSC SUM RPT 1929, Part A, p. 253
Lane, R.A. (2017-08-17): NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Sheep Creek Project