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File Created: 24-Jul-1985 by BC Geological Survey (BCGS)
Last Edit:  27-Mar-2022 by Nicole Barlow (NB)

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Name BUTTE-IXL, BUTTE, IXL, PIEBITER, ROYALLE Mining Division Lillooet
BCGS Map 092J077
Status Showing NTS Map 092J10E
Latitude 050º 42' 25'' UTM 10 (NAD 83)
Longitude 122º 39' 35'' Northing 5617292
Easting 524027
Commodities Copper, Lead, Gold, Zinc Deposit Types I01 : Au-quartz veins
Tectonic Belt Coast Crystalline Terrane Cadwallader, Bridge River
Capsule Geology

The Butte-IXL property is situated near the confluence of Aggie and Cadwallader creeks, approximately 12 kilometres southwest of Bralorne, in the Cadwallader Range of the Pacific Ranges. In this portion of the Coast Crystalline belt, extensive splays and cross faults of the Bralorne fault system are spatially related to numerous mineral occurrences in the Bridge River mining camp.

The Butte-IXL quartz veins are developed at or near the contact of tightly folded Noel Formation argillites and Pioneer Formation volcanics, both members of the Upper Triassic Cadwallader Group. Slivers of serpentinized ultramafics of the President Ultramafics (correlative with the Permian and older Shulaps Ultramafics) are structurally interlayered with Cadwallader Group rocks and outcrop in northwest trending belts.

Between 1933 and 1934, a 245-metre adit and a 50-metre shaft were developed on two quartz veins within sediments and volcanics. The crosscut adit in Noel and Pioneer sediments and volcanics intersected a quartz vein up to 0.6 metre in width, which is heavily mineralized in places with pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite and lesser amounts of pyrite and galena. Another quartz vein on the surface, 60 metres southwest from the portal, strikes northwest and dips steeply southwest within the enclosing greenstones and is reported to carry little mineralization, but some gold values. Brecciated quartz vein material examined from the dump contained less than one per cent disseminated chalcopyrite and sphalerite which tend to be concentrated along the borders of altered greenstone clasts within bull quartz. A sample of this material assayed 0.4 per cent zinc, 0.02 per cent lead and 0.12 gram per tonne gold (Assessment Report 10211).

Work History

In 1933 and 1934, the Butte IXL Adit was driven 244.8 meters with an associated 50.3-meter shaft following 2 mineralized quartz veins. Also, during this time, trenches were excavated on the Butte-X-Cal zone to the southwest.

During 1980 through 1982, Hillside Energy Corp. conducted geological and soil sampling programs on the Butte-IXL area. During 1985 through 1988, Hudson Bay Exploration and Development completed programs of geological mapping and geochemical sampling on the area. In 1987, Trans Atlantic and Armeno Resources Inc. completed a program of geochemical sampling, ground electromagnetic and magnetic surveys on the area.

In 2006, Covenant Resources Ltd. examined the area as the Piebiter property. In 2007 and 2008, airborne ZTEM surveys were completed on the area. In 2009, a MMI soil sampling program was completed. In 2011, Worthington Resources Ltd. completed a 408.5 line-kilometre airborne ZTEM survey on the area as the Royalle property.

EMPR AR 1932-226; 1933-273
EMPR EXPL 1983-307, 1986-C250, 1987-C208, 1988-C121
EMPR FIELDWORK 1974, p. 35; 1985, pp. 303-310; 1986, pp. 23-29; 1987, pp. 93-130; 1988, pp. 105-152; 1989, pp. 45-72; 1990, pp. 75-83
EMPR OF 1987-11; 1988-3; 1989-4; 1990-10
GSC MEM *213, p. 100
GSC OF 482
GSC SUM RPT 1932, Part A, pp. 57-71
Makepeace, D.K. (2007-03-30): Technical Report - Piebiter Property
Carpenter, T.H. (2011-07-29): Technical Report on the Royalle Property with Recommendations for Further Exploration
Carpenter, T.H. (2012-02-21): Technical Report on the Royalle Property with Recommendations for Further Exploration
Talisker Resources Ltd. (2020-09-02): NI 43-101 Technical Report, Bralorne Gold Project, Bralorne, British Columbia, Canada
EMPR PFD 881346, 675617, 675747