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Elizabeth Gold Property (BC)

The Elizabeth Gold Property is a high-grade gold project located in southwestern British Columbia, in the Lillooet Mining District, approximately 200 kilometres north of Vancouver, 30 kilometres northeast of the historic mining town of Bralorne and 30 kilometres south of the Blackdome Gold Mine. The 34,794-hectare property is situated along a tributary of the Yalakom River in steep, glaciated terrain between 2,100 and 2,500 metres in elevation. Access to the property is from the town of Lillooet, approximately 75 kilometres up the Yalakom River forest service road. The property has good infrastructure, with several roads accessing the old mine workings and the areas proposed for exploration. A new 24 person camp on the property accommodates mining and exploration crews.

Since acquiring the property in 2002, the Sona Resources team has conducted five diamond drilling programs totalling 12,742 metres. In June 2009, Sona reported an initial inferred resource estimate at the Elizabeth Gold Property of 522,900 tonnes, grading an average of 12.3g Au/t and using a cut-off grade of 5.0g Au/t, for a total of 206,100 oz Au. The resource estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“SRK”). In the fall of 2009, Sona contracted Micon International Limited to complete a preliminary assessment of the Blackdome Gold Mine and the Elizabeth Gold Property, to evaluate potential underground mining operations at both sites. Any eventual production from the Elizabeth Gold Property will be transported by road for processing at the Blackdome Gold Mine gravity and flotation mill. The results are available in the News Release dated June 22, 2010.

“A Preliminary Economic Assessment is preliminary in nature; it includes inferred mineral resources considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves; and that there is no certainty that the preliminary assessment will be realized.”

“Mineral Resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability”

Project Milestones

  • 2009 - Release of initial inferred resource estimate of 206,100 oz Au at a grade of 12.3g Au/t with a cutoff grade of 5.0g Au/t
  • 2009 - Large-scale underground exploration program successfully permitted
  • 2009 - Upgrade of access road creating easier grades and corners for large vehicles
  • 2010 - Preliminary assessment study of Blackdome and Elizabeth by Micon International Ltd.
  • 2010 - Completion of sampling, drilling and collaring new adit on the SW Vein, rehabilitation of the West Vein upper adit
  • 2010 - Permits submitted for connector road from Elizabeth to Blackdome properties


The original Elizabeth claims, which consist of four Crown-granted mineral claims, were optioned from Mr. David White and Mr. Tom Illidge in May 2002. Meanwhile, four surrounding claims, known as the “Blue Claims,” were optioned from Mr. Tom Illidge , and Sona subsequently enlarged the project by staking an additional 21 mineral claims. In the spring of 2005, all of the claims were converted to the new B.C Mineral Titles Online system. The Elizabeth Gold Property now consists of 51 contiguous claims which include both the Elizabeth and the Blackdome properties.

Given its proximity and potentially upgradeable access to Sona’s permitted milling facility at the Blackdome Gold Mine, the Elizabeth Gold Property constitutes a strategic acquisition that strongly complements the Company’s existing land position. The Sona team believes that the Elizabeth Gold Property has good prospects for early production, following successful underground exploration. The high grades identified in several veins, combined with the existing infrastructure, make the Elizabeth Gold Property a promising exploration target that can be rapidly advanced.


The Elizabeth claims date back to the 1930s, with the discovery of gold-bearing quartz veins along Blue Creek. In 1939, Mr. William White and Mr. Tom Illidge staked the Elizabeth No. 1–4 claims to cover the discovery area. Shortly thereafter, Bralorne Gold Mines Ltd. optioned the property and acquired additional claims. Over the next nine years, Bralorne constructed access infrastructure, built a camp and conducted surface and underground exploration. Between 1947 and 1949, 10 horizontal surface and underground diamond drill holes totalling 790 metres were completed. High-grade gold mineralization was encountered in surface trenches and drill holes. By 1949, Bralorne had completed a 670-metre-long crosscut, from which several drifts were driven along the B and C Veins. No assay data for this work has been found, but exploration on the property revealed the presence of at least six veins. On the adjacent Yalakom claim, the No. 9 Vein was also explored.

From 1956 to 1958, Bethlehem Copper drove an adit 180 metres above the Bralorne workings, from which a 95-metre-long drift explored the West (No. 1) Vein. An eight-tonne bulk sample of West Vein material was shipped, yielding 156 grams of gold and 156 grams of silver, along with minor lead and zinc. The property remained dormant until 1980, when Prism Resources conducted further sampling and data compilation.

Blackdome Mining Corporation carried out work on the Elizabeth claims in 1990. This consisted of road upgrading, surveying, and rehabilitation of the upper and lower portals, along with detailed surface and underground sampling of the West Vein. High-grade gold mineralization was delineated along the West Vein, both on the surface and in the upper adit. A program of diamond drilling was proposed; however, Blackdome did not continue its program, and the property was returned to the vendors.



"Response to Civil Claim, April 9, 2015" (size 621KB)

"Notice of Civil Claim re Elizabeth Project, 20150306 "  (size 1 mb)

"Technical Report On The Preliminary Assessment Of The Elizabeth Blackdome Project British Columbia, Canada " 
by Michael Godard, Chris Lattanzi, Michael Makarenko, Geraint Harris, Chris Sharpe, Jean-Francois Couture and Dorota El-Rassi, May 18, 2010 – (size 4.7 mb)

"Mineral Resource Evaluation Elizabeth Gold Project, British Columbia, Canada", by SRK Consulting and J-Pacific Gold Inc., July 2009 - (size 1.73mb)

"Assessment Report on the 2010 Diamond Drilling and Road Construction Program", by J.W. Murton P.Eng. and Michael J. Miller B Sc Geo., February 2011 - (size 12.7mb)

"Assessment Report on the 2007 Diamond Drilling Program Elizabeth Property", by John Harrop P.Geo of J-Pacific Gold Inc., May 2008 - (size 4.59mb)

"Assessment Report on the 2005 Exploration Drill Program" by Greg Z. Mosher of Waldrop Engineering Inc., January 2006. (size 1.7mb)

"Structural Geology of the Elizabeth Gold Project" by SRK Consulting, July 2005 - (size 1.9mb)

"Assessment Report on the Diamond Drilling and Geological Mapping Programs" by Greg Z. Mosher P. Geo., December 2004 - (size 5.1 mb)

"Assessment Report on the Diamond Drilling, Geochemical and Geophysical Programs" by Geoquest Consulting Ltd., August 2004 - (size 4.2 mb)

"Assessment Report on the Geochemical and Geological Programs" by Geoquest Consulting Ltd.
December 2003 - (size 12.2 mb)

"Assessment Report on the Geochemical and Diamond Drilling Programs" by Geoquest Consulting Ltd., December 2002 - (size 2.43 mb)

Elizabeth - Project Graphics
Elizabeth - Data Files

Assays - (size 35 Kb)

Collar Data - (size 2.39 Kb)

DDH Surveys - (size 4 Kb)

Lithology - (size 21 Kb)

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