The 9392ha Leland Property is a highly prospective precious-metal exploration project. The core claims were acquired in 2014 with additional claims added in 2017 and 2018. The property lies 23km SSW of SSR Mining’s Seabee Gold Operation and 135km NW of Flin Flon, MB.
It is accessible by fixed wing aircraft and winter road from the village of Pelican Narrows located 57km SE which in turn is serviced by an airport, Hwy 135 - an all-weather road and a hydro power grid. The claims are also accessible by winter road from the nearby Seabee/Santoy mine complex for the deployment of heavy equipment and exploration crews.
The claims are 100% owned by Taiga Gold Corp. with no underlying royalties or encumbrances.
- Excellent geology favourable for gold deposits similar to the nearby Seabee Mine
- Significantly underexplored with encouraging early results
- On trend with the producing Seabee Gold Operation
- Large Shear zones associated with multiple high-grade gold showings
- Winter road access
Leland Property geology consists of a belt of supracrustal rocks bound by granitoid intrusions. Interlayered paragneiss, a discontinuous metagabbro unit, and metavolcanic rocks trend west-northwest. The metavolcanic unit is predominantly mafic volcanic rock with irregular interlayers of tuff and intermediate volcanic rock. Foliation and shear zones generally parallel lithologic contacts, dipping steeply to the north-northeast. Near Leland Lake, these supracrustal rocks are intruded by the Leland Lake quartz diorite and Duck Lake granodiorite plutons.
The structural geology of the Leland Property is defined by the regional shear zones and foliation. Structures are typically parallel to the N-NE-trending Stanley shear zone or the N-S Tabbernor fault system. Foliation, lithologic contacts, and mineralized shear zones generally trend east-southeast, with mineralized veins locally oriented northeast to east-northeast.
There are five known mineral occurrences on the Leland Property and five additional mineral occurrences within 4 km. Gold mineralization occurs in structurally-hosted quartz veins and base-metal mineralization in shear zones.
Mineral exploration has focused separately on gold-bearing quartz veins in the western part of the property and base-metal mineralization in the eastern part of the property.
Government geologic mapping programs between 1966 and 2009 covered parts of the Leland Property.
Separate exploration efforts over the years were concentrated in the east and west areas of the current property area:
- In the east, the Sun Showings were staked in 1955 as the gossan zones are visible from aircraft. Between 1955-64 work included geologic mapping, trenching, an EM survey, and packsack drilling. Copper and zinc mineralization with locally anomalous gold, silver, nickel, and cobalt values were identified at these gossan zones which are interpreted to as VMS-type mineralization. Drilling confirmed mineralization along the EM conductors, but mineralized intervals were quite narrow and results were considered discouraging (up to 5.5% Cu over 9cm). Other ground-based and airborne geophysical surveys were conducted in the late 1980s.
- In the west, an airborne EM survey was conducted in 1957 and in the 1980’s work including mapping, prospecting and geophysical surveys identified twelve anomalous areas of gold delineating several gold showings. It was concluded that the Irving Lake and Simon Lake showings appear to connect along semi-conformable E-SE-trending shear zones near the contact of metavolcanic rocks and metagabbro with gold mineralization along shears and in quartz veins.
In 1995 geophysical surveying, trenching and rock sampling were conducted
Eagle Plains Exploration - Pre Spin-out of Taiga Gold Corp.
In 2016 Eagle Plains conducted prospecting, geologic mapping, and rock/soil geochemistry programs which indicate a 3km by 700m mineralized shear system at the Irving Lake and Simon Lake showings and verify gold mineralization in silicified mafic volcanic rocks at the Leland Lake South occurrences. In 2017 Eagle Plains undertook a data compilation exercise for the Leland Property, preliminary analysis of the information indicates the following:
- The Leland Property hosts several zones of orogenic gold mineralization with good exploration potential. Historic work in the western part of the Leland Property has identified numerous gold bearing quartz veins with locally notable grades, none have been drill tested but trenching indicates they are structurally-controlled mineralization and open along strike. The amphibolite-grade metavolcanic rocks with metagabbro and presence of shear zones are highly prospective for orogenic gold mineralization. The mineralization, host rocks, and structural framework are similar to gold deposits in the region (e.g. Seabee Mine). Additionally, this prospective geology is underexplored for 30 km of strike length in the current Leland Property.
Taiga Gold Corp. Exploration
In 2019 Taiga completed a three-phase geological and geophysical program at Leland, highlights include:
- Gold mineralization grading up to 5.4 g/t Au over 0.65 m within 2.1 g/t Au over 3.22 m (channel sample) from the Irving trench along the Simon-Irving Trend
- Discovery of 5 new gold-mineralized occurrences along the Simon-Irving trend grading between 113 ppb Au and 3.5g/t Au
- Soil geochemical results proximal to the Leland showing (SMDI-2390) support samples collected in 2015 and delineate a new zone of anomalous soils to the west of the Leland Showing and northeast of the Simon Showing (SMDI-2388) that are targets for future follow up work
In winter 2021, an inaugural drill program of 9 holes (1341m) was carried out on the Leland property and tested approximately 1 km of strike length of a gold-mineralized shear system defined by surface rock grab and trenching, soil geochemistry and detailed airborne (drone) magnetic survey data. All nine holes intersected either quartz veining or sulphide bearing shears and analytical results ranged from trace values to a high of 635ppb Au over 1.5m.
Earlier trenching at the Michelle-Irving and Simon areas has identified both steep conformable NW-trending veins and a second set of shallow north-dipping veins. Preliminary conclusions from the 2021 drill program suggest that gold distribution along the Irving-Simon trend likely has a strong mineralization control related to the intersection of these steep and shallow vein sets.
It is recommended that exploration on the Leland Property should focus on orogenic gold mineralization. There is additional potential for VMS mineralization. Gold mineralization in the western part of Leland Property is similar to other orogenic gold mineral showings and deposits in the Glennie Domain. Mineralization is structurally-hosted in pyrite/pyrrhotite-bearing quartz veins within metavolcanic and intrusive rocks. Gold mineral occurrences appear to follow foliation along a NW-SE trend.
In the eastern part of the Leland Property shear-hosted, base-metal mineralization is associated with NW-SE electromagnetic anomalies. These EM anomalies appear to correspond with foliation and lithologic contact orientation, and may prove a target for future exploration.
Future drilling will be designed to target the intersection of the steep and shallow vein sets encountered in the 2021 drill program. Additional property-scale exploration may be used to evaluate the potential of relatively underexplored prospective zones in the central and eastern parts of the Leland Property.
Updated November 19, 2021