We are breathing new life into the contiguous Lorraine and Top Cat properties, a proven porphyry system explored with a systemic approach for the first time.
The consolidation of highly prospective Lorraine and Top Cat properties, located 40 kilometres north of Kwanika, will allow for joint data compilation and exploration for the first time in history. Lorraine is a high-grade alkalic porphyry mineralized system with a historic non NI 43-101 compliant resource. Alkalic deposits typically form in clusters (e.g.,GaloreCreek,Mt.Polley), giving significant opportunity for new discoveries on the combined land package.
The Lorraine/Top Cat area is dominated by the Hogem intrusive complex, which hosts numerous alkaline and calc-alkaline porphyry Cu-Au occurrences and resource-stage projects and has been the focus of significant academic-level research as well as recent mapping and analytical work by the BC Geological Survey. At the scale of the Lorraine/Top Cat area, the Hogem Batholith is bounded to the west by the Pinchi-Ingenika fault system – a regional-scale dextral strike-slip fault which divides the Kwanika and Stardust projects (approximately 40km to the south) – and to the east by Triassic Takla Group volcanic and sedimentary rocks into which the Hogem intrudes.
The Hogem is composed of four distinct intrusive suites, the most prospective being the Duckling Creek suite which hosts the Upper and Lower Main and Bishop zones at Lorraine, as well as numerous mineral prospects and occurrences including Slide-Fox, Boundary, Jan-Tam-Misty, and Too Good, all of which lie on-trend with the Lorraine deposit area. The Duckling suite is composed of biotite pyroxenite, which is the lithological focus of exploration at the Nova area due to the unit’s propensity to host Cu-Au-Pd mineralization, as well as monzonitic to syenitic units associated with alkalic Cu-Au porphyry mineralization at Lorraine. The older Thane Creek intrusive suite forms the bulk of the Hogem suite, hosting IMC International’s Cathedral, Cirque and Gail prospects, as well as Cat Mountain and numerous mineral showings.
Some examples of other successful alkalic systems include Galore Creek, New Afton, and Mount Milligan in British Columbia, and Cadia-Ridgeway and Northparkes in Australia.
To date, there has not been a comprehensive compilation of exploration data for the entire combined Lorraine/Top Cat Property incorporating regional geology and mineral deposits. This leaves opportunity for fresh ideas, and new discovery. The Lorraine/Top Cat claim group covers 65,000 hectares located within the Quesnel Terrane, approximately 40km north of NorthWest’s Kwanika/Stardust project. Access to Lorraine/Top Cat is via a developed network of Forest Service Roads from either Mackenzie or Fort St. James and a network of 4x4 access roads.