Wesdome Announces Development Drifting and Drilling on 7 Zone at the Eagle River Mine Returns Longer Than Average Strike Lengths and Extends Zone at Depth

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TORONTO, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: WDO) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today announces underground drifting and drilling results from ongoing 7 Zone exploration and development activities at the Company’s wholly-owned Eagle River Mine in Wawa, Ontario.

The Company is continuing to develop and explore the No. 7 zone, which is the intermediate zone parallel to the 300 zone to the north and the historic 8 zone to the south. All three zones are currently in production.  Ongoing development on 1038 m level has now confirmed that mineralization east of the western core of the 7 zone, have merged to form one continuous zone now defined over 146 metres in strike length and grading 30.5 g/t Au uncut over an average true thickness of 2.61 metres (Figures 1 and 2).

Sill development in the 7 zone over the past two years has returned the following results:  

Uncut (g/t Au)
Cut (g/t Au)

Release Date
89033.1516.751.542.0May 31, 2016
94522.6317.073.363.0September 15, 2016
975 E13.3813.381.546.0November 30, 2017
975 W24.3822.222.653.0November 30, 2017
20.6619.232.199.0November 30, 2017
991 E32.5530.031.648.0November 30, 2017
991 W18.8015.952.7356.0November 30, 2017
23.2820.532.248.0November 30, 2017
1006 E33.8329.671.751.7March 27, 2018
1006 W22.8515.253.241.1March 27, 2018
27.3921.212.392.8March 27, 2018
1022 E34.8628.331.875.5March 27, 2018
1022 W10.3310.332.747.3March 27, 2018
23.7920.212.2122.8March 27, 2018
103830.4722.132.61146.7December 6, 2018
*Assays cut to 125 g/t Au

Additionally, ongoing drilling has now confirmed that this longer strike length extends to depth over an addition 100 metres to the 1,250 m level and remains open down dip. This extension is a substantial addition of potential resources compared to previous interpretations, and thus will be the focus of future drilling.

Highlights from Drilling (Table 1):

Hole 942-E-59: 151.44 g/t Au uncut (61.70 g/t Au cut) over 1.99 true width

Hole 942-E-63: 47.32 g/t Au uncut (18.74 g/t Au Cut) over 3.36 true width

Hole 942-E-64: 39.01 g/t Au uncut (23.63 g/t Au cut) over 2.47 m true width

Hole 942-E-65: 33.21 g/t Au uncut (26.10 g/t Au cut) over 1.56 m true width

Further, limited drilling indicates that the eastern extension of the 7 zone occurs to the southeast side of a northeast transecting diabase dyke, that is interpreted to offset the eastern extension approximately 20 metres. This area has potential to host additional resources and is open to the east. Drilling is planned for this area in 2019.

A fourth drill has been added underground to better define and extend known zones and to identify the eastern extension of the parallel 300 and 7 zones to the east. Exploration surface drilling with two drills is ongoing to intersect these parallel zones closer to surface.

Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, "We continue to be encouraged with the good continuity and good grades from the ongoing development at the 7 Zone, which now has a strike length defined of over 146 metres. These longer strike lengths will provide for enhanced mining flexibility and ultimately augmented production rates.  Equally as exciting is the result of the recent drilling that has confirmed the 7 zone continues a minimum of an additional 100 metres down dip at similar grades and strike lengths, and it remains open to depth and to the east along strike on the southeast side of a crosscutting diabase dike. The 7 zone will be an important aspect of the Eagle River production over the coming years. The results confirm the ongoing success the mine has had with our exploration program of the parallel zones and we remain committed to aggressive exploration. The current program is utilizing four underground drills and two surface drills and in order to identify additional resources and workplaces for increased future production profiles.”


The sampling of, and assay data from, underground drill core is monitored through the implementation of a quality assurance - quality control (QA-QC) program designed to follow industry best practice. Samples are transported in sealed bags to Eagle River Mine assay office in Wawa, Ontario. Samples are analyzed for gold using standard fire assay technique with gravimetric finish. Wesdome inserts blanks and certified reference standard in the sample sequence for quality control.

The technical content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Michael Michaud, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration of the Company and a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Wesdome Gold Mines is in its 30th year of continuous gold mining operations in Canada.  The Company is 100% Canadian focused with a pipeline of projects in various stages of development.  The Eagle River Complex in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold from two mines, the Eagle River Underground Mine and the Mishi Open pit, from a central mill.  Wesdome is actively exploring its brownfields asset, the Kiena Complex in Val d’Or, Quebec.  The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted former mine with a 930 metre shaft and 2,000 tonne per day mill.  The Company has further upside at its Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is being evaluated to be developed in the appropriate gold price environment.  The Company has approximately 133.9 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO.”

For further information, please contact:

Duncan MiddlemissorLindsay Carpenter Dunlop
President and CEO VP Investor Relations
416-360-3743  ext. 29 416-360-3743  ext. 25
dmiddlemiss@wesdome.com ldunlop@wesdome.com
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Drilling Composites

Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length
True Width
Grade (g/t
Cut Grade
(125g/t Au)

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