Historically recorded exploration on the Detour East Property dates back to the mid-1970’s when B.P. Selco and others were actively exploring the region for copper-zinc VMS deposits similar to those known in the Mattagami area 100 kilometres to the east. In 1974 B.P. Selco discovered the world class Selbaie VMS deposit roughly 25 kilometres southeast of Detour East Property. At about the same time, across the border in Ontario, Amoco discovered the Detour Gold deposit during their base metal exploration program. These two discoveries launched a period of extensive exploration throughout the region with was characterized by extensive airborne EM surveys and testing of airborne geophysical conductors beneath the extensive overburden which characterizes the region. The only reported drilling on the property during that cycle of exploration was by B.P. Selco on two targets on the southern portion of the property.
In 1981 the discovery of the Casa Berardi gold deposit to the south launched another brief flurry of exploration which included work by Placer Dome and Westmin in the Detour East area. Exploration was quiet throughout the mid 1980’s but a stronger resource market in the late 1980’s brought several junior companies in the area.
Drilling by Lynx Exploration – now Encana – in 1987 led to the discovery of the Lynx Gold Zone which was subsequently explored by Cyprus Canada and American Bonanza (see table). Following the Lynx discovery Coleraine Exploration discovered the Rambo gold zone on the adjacent property to the east.
Limited work between the late 80’s and mid-90’s saw a change in property holders with Cyprus Canada acquiring much of the Detour Trend in Quebec. Cyprus advanced a number of the prospects including the Lynx Zone and conducted regional airborne and local ground based geophysical program. Radisson Mining Resources, from whom Balmoral acquired the Property, became the property owner in 1995 and conducted several exploration campaigns. The table below summarizes the historic drilling on the Detour East Property.
|DIAMOND DRILLING SUMMARY|
|YEAR||COMPANY||HOLE NUMBERS||# HOLES||METRES||TARGET|
|1987||Lynx Canada||MS-87-01 to 08||8||1828||Lynx Showing|
|1987||Coleraine Resources||TU-86-01 to 30||30||?||Rambo Showing|
|1993||Cyprus Canada||LX-93-09 to 21||13||2862||Lynx Showing|
|1994||Cyprus Canada||LX-93-22 to 26||5||1841||Lynx Showing|
|1995||Radisson||MS-95-27 to 30||4||1655||Lynx Showing|
|1996||Radisson||MS-96-31 to 38||9||2361||Lynx Showing|
|1975||Selco||D-48-01 and D-49-01||2||201||Exploration|
|1995||Radisson||LG-95-01||1||523||Lac Gignac Deformation Zone|
|1996||Radisson||LG-96-02 to 13||13||3118||Lac Gignac Deformation Zone|
|1998||Radisson||LG-98-14 to 28||15||3471||Lac Gignac Deformation Zone|
|2001||Radisson||LG-01-29 to 36||8||2361||Lac Gignac Deformation Zone|