The St-Victor property is 100% owned by Bowmore and covers a vast area in the central part of the Appalachians of Southern Quebec, extending 150 km in length from Magog to Beauceville. The region that was targeted is located within the St-Victor Synclinorium, an extensive belt of sedimentary rocks located within the Appalachians of southern Quebec. It comprises 1183 registered map-staked-claims (CDC) covering a total of 56,390.61 Hectares. Access to the entire property is easily made through a network of paved roads complemented by local private trails. Local resources include abundant electricity, water supply, work force and the mining facilities in the cities of Asbestos and Thetford Mines approximately 20 km to the north of the three main anomalous Gold zones.
Work in progress:
In late 2009, Bowmore initiated a systematic litho geochemical sampling program of over 3,200 samples targeting the sedimentary belt along its axis for near-surface, bulk-tonnage, sediment-hosted Gold deposits of similar type as “Kinross, Paracatu mine in Brazil” (reserves of 1.430 million tons grading 0.40 g/t Au for 18 million ounces gold).
Bowmore intends to complete a high-resolution airborne survey over the core of the St-Victor property and drill-test the main three zones in late fall 2010. The other three zones of interest (Gérard, Marc and Boissonneault) remain open and require follow-up sampling.
A data compilation done by Gauthier in 1988 recorded of a total of 3 tons of gold extracted from the rivers of the Beauce region by placer mining activities from 1847 to 1912. Although few scattered gold occurrences were found in the region, the overall source has not been clearly found yet.
The property covers the central part of the Humber Zone part of the Appalachians. It consists in a sedimentary package dominated by shale, mudstone and greywacke of the Magog Group and the St-Daniel mélange. The gold mineralization is found as fine disseminations through the sediments. The geological context of the property is found to be favorable for large bulk-tonnage, low-grade gold deposits, similar to the world known deposits: Sukkhoi Log (Russia) and Paracatu (Brazil) containing 32 Moz Au and 18 Moz Au in fine–grained sediments respectively.
The work led to the discovery of several broad zones of anomalous gold values. Six gold zones to date have been discovered spread within the core of the belt along a strike length of 20 kilometers. The three principal gold zones, named Wotton, Wotton NW and Camille, are separated by a maximum of 6.5 kilometres and located about 20 kilometres southeast of the town of Asbestos. The anomalous zones are characterized by partially carbonated (ankeritic) sedimentary rocks that yielded values of 0.05 g/t gold (anomalous threshold) to 0.99 g/t gold over a collective surface of 1.25 square kilometres. All three zones are extensive (hundreds of metres) and consistently anomalous in the gold values of samples collected. Geological data suggest that they are hosted by tightly folded anticlinal structures (see photos).