British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Responsible for Housing
News | The Premier Online | Ministries & Organizations | Job Opportunities | Main Index

MINFILE Home page  ARIS Home page  MINFILE Search page  Property File Search
Help Help
File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  25-Jun-2013 by Karl A. Flower (KAF)

Summary Help Help

BCGS Map 092B081
Status Showing NTS Map 092B13W
Latitude 048º 52' 01'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 123º 48' 41'' Northing 5412982
Easting 440495
Commodities Copper, Silver Deposit Types
Tectonic Belt Insular Terrane Wrangell
Capsule Geology

The Copper Canyon showing is located on the west bank of the Chemainus River, west and along strike of the volcanogenic-type Victoria (092B 004) past-producer, located on the opposite bank of the river.

The area is underlain mainly by felsic volcanic tuffs of the McLaughlin Ridge Formation, Sicker Group. The rocks at the showing include graphitic schists and cherty sediments and tuffs which form a band within the rhyolitic volcanics. This is the same band of sediments which host the massive sulphides at the Lenora-Tyee (092B 001) deposit to the east. The strike of the sediments along the Chemainus River is about 080 degrees and the dip is 70 degrees south.

An adit has been driven on a quartz vein which varies in width from 2.5 to 46 centimetres, averaging about 33 centimetres. The tunnel follows the vein for 41 metres at which point it stops (Minister of Mines Annual Report 1902). The vein is reported to contain mostly pyrite with some chalcopyrite and traces of sphalerite and galena. Gold values are reported to be low. A 91 metre shaft was later put down on the Copper Canyon group (presumably on the claim of the same name) with drifts driven off it. Some attractive copper showings were reported. Assessment Report 4626 (Figure 3) shows a shaft on the claim near the Chemainus River.

In 1998, a self potential geophysical survey was completed. In 2010 and 2011, Rock-Con Resources completed a program of prospecting and rock sampling on the Mount Sicker property. Chip samples, taken near the mouth of the adit, assayed up to 12.25 grams per tonne silver and 3.11 per cent copper (Assessment Report 32278).

EMPR AR 1897-567; 1898-1148; 1901-1118; *1902-239,252; 1905-216;
1907-254; 1916-312; 1928-365
EMPR ASS RPT 3099, 4626, 6600, 6599, 6972, 7183, 7435, 16871, 17836, 25714, 31970, *32278
EMPR EXPL 1977-E104; 1978-E120; 1979-122; 1988-C71
EMPR FIELDWORK 1987, pp. 81-91
EMPR GEM 1973-224
EMPR OF 1988-8
GSC MAP 42A; 1386A; 1553A
GSC MEM 13; 36; 96
GSC OF 463
GSC P 1972-44; 1975-1A, p. 23; 1979-30
Carson, D.J.T. (1968): Metallogenic Study of Vancouver Island with
Emphasis on the Relationship of Plutonic Rocks and Mineral
Deposits, Ph.D. Thesis, Carleton University
*Holbek, P. (1980): Geology and Geochronometry of the Sharron
Volcanogenic Prospect, Mt. Brenton Area, Southwestern B.C., B.Sc.
Thesis, University of British Columbia