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Douay Gold Project

Douay Gold Resource Map
  • Located in one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world
  • Established gold resource – see Resource Estimate below
  • Royalty free except for 1% NSR that covers only ~40k oz (NW Zone) of the current resource
  • Excellent infrastructure with large operating mines within 150km
  • District-scale ~350km2 property package
  • 55 km of strike along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone
  • Significant resource expansion and exploration upside

Upcoming Plans & Catalysts

  • Winter 2018 drilling campaign completed (21,122 metres)
  • Mapping central part of property 
  • Updating geological and structural models (Q4 2018)
  • Updating 43-101 Resource Estimate (year end/Q1 2019)
  • Next drill program anticipated (Q1 2019)

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The Douay Gold Project is located in Quebec, Canada. The Project is approximately 2.5 hours north of Val d’Or and 1.25 hours north of Amos via Highway 109. The pre-existing facilities are accessible via a gravel road less than 10 minutes from the main highway, while a new 75-person camp has been built just west of the highway.

Renowned for its mineral content, Quebec has a total area of 1.7 million km2, of which only 1% is mined and only 5% is covered by mining rights.

Quebec has a favourable business climate with over 200 mining companies working over 350 exploration & development projects (Investissement Quebec 2015); it is also the second most important province in Canada in terms of gold production.

Quebec offers a number of competitive tax incentives created specifically for mineral producers. Quebec's refundable tax credits, deductions and allowances make for a very friendly business climate with a combined tax rate for corporations of 26.8%, one of the lowest in North America.

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The project benefits from existing infrastructure, which includes:

  • Hwy 109 leads to and cuts across the Project
  • Hydro-Powerline (Powerline 6) currently runs right through the Project
  • Full-service 75-person camp in place just west of highway 109
  • Core logging & storage facilities
  • Rail & Air within 55km (Matagami)

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Fig. 1: General Geology of the Douay Project. Casa Berardi Fault Zone widens in Douay area, with North and South strands merging to the east and the west. Note syenitic bodies several km to NE and NW of the Resource Area along the north strand of the Casa Berardi Fault Zone.

The Douay Gold Project covers an area of more than ~350km² along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone (“CBDZ”) within the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt (“AGB”). Douay belongs to the alkaline-intrusive-associated gold class of mineral deposits, which includes Beatty (>5.6Moz Au), Holt-McDermott (>1.3Moz Au), and Canadian Malartic (>17Moz Au) in the AGB.  The area is also prospective for the more typical AGB orogenic style (structurally controlled gold-quartz veins and veinlets) of gold deposit as well as for volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) deposits.

The Douay project is underlain by a northern assemblage of mafic and felsic pyroclastic and sedimentary rocks (Taïbi Grp), a central assemblage consisting of basalts, co-genetic gabbros with lesser felsic volcanic rocks (Cartwright Hills Grp) intruded by the 6.5 x 2km Douay alkaline intrusive complex (syenite to monzonite, alkali gabbro and carbonatite) with its associated gold mineralization; and a southern corridor consisting mostly of basalts (also Cartwright Hills Grp) with siliceous-chemical sediments and chlorite-sulphide alteration zones that may be associated with VMS style of mineralization. The volcanic stratigraphy strikes WNW to ESE whereas the major regional fault zones trend E-W or NW-SE. Existing drill data shows multiple higher-grade zones, including Douay West, within and near the Douay intrusive complex.  In addition, there are further poorly explored known and possible syenitic bodies elsewhere on the property.

Fe-carbonate-albite-pyrite alteration assemblages may be associated with higher gold values, generally above 5 g/t gold. Fractured syenite containing irregular fine pyrite veinlets in addition to disseminated pyrite, encompassing altered basalt fragments and magnetite-rich zones typically yields 0.1 to 1 g/t gold or more over intervals from tens of metres to over 150m.

The updated resource estimate (NI 43-101 Technical Report - March 2018) successfully converted a significant proportion of Inferred to the Indicated Resource category, at both Douay West and Porphyry Zones. Resources at Douay now stand at 2.76 million ounces Inferred plus 0.48 million ounces Indicated, as highlighted below:

Table 1: Douay Gold Project Pit-Constrained Indicated & Inferred Resource Summary (Base-case)

CUT-OFF GRADE
(G/T AU)

CATEGORY TONNES

GOLD GRADE
(G/T)

CONTAINED
GOLD
(OUNCES)

0.45 INDICATED 9,383,000 1.59 479,000
INFERRED 84,152,000 1.02 2,759,000

*See disclosure notes below

Indicated Resources are present in the more tightly drilled Douay West Zone (3,693,000 tonnes grading 2.47 g/t Au for 294,000oz Au) and also in four areas within the Porphyry Zone (5,690,000 tonnes grading 1.01 g/t Au for 185,000oz Au). The Indicated and Inferred Resources at various cut-off grades are summarized in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Douay Gold Project Pit-Constrained Indicated & Inferred Resource Summary (Various Cut-Off Grades)

CUT-OFF GRADE
(G/T AU)

category TONNES

GOLD GRADE
(G/T)

CONTAINED
GOLD
(OUNCES)

0.50* Indicated 8,615,000 1.69 467,000
inferred 74,286,000 1.09 2,610,000
   0.45** indicated 9,383,000 1.59 479,000
inferred 84,152,000 1.02 2,759,000
0.40 indicated 10,162,000 1.50 489,000
inferred 95,388,000 0.95 2,914,000
0.30 indicated 12,046,000 1.32 510,000
inferred 124,278,000 0.81 3,235,000

*Comparison note: Micon 2017 estimate was all Inferred Resources of 2,813,000 ounces @ 1.05 g/t using a 0.5 g/t cut-off grade.
**Base-case. See disclosure notes appended to press release (Feb 14, 2018)

 Plan view of Micon Feb 2018 Resource Areas

Figure 1: Plan view of Micon 2018 Resource Areas: conceptual pit shells, with several zones apparently merging into a larger unified system.

For comparison purposes, click here to view the conceptual pit-constrained plan view used in the Micon 2017 Resource Estimate. 

Douay Summary Report Table by Zone (base case @ 0.45 g/t Au cut-off) 

Zone Category Cut-off Au Tonnes Avg. Grade Gold Ounces
DW (1000) Indicated 0.45 3,693,000 2.47 294,000
  Inferred 0.45 2,932,000 1.39 131,000
POR (2000) Indicated 0.45 5,690,000 1.01 185,000
  Inferred 0.45 68,910,000 0.97 2,142,000
           
CZ (7000) Inferred 0.45 1,086,000 0.96 33,000
MZ10 (3000) Inferred 0.45 1,864,000 1.14 68,000
MZ20 (5000) Inferred 0.45 1,685,000 0.69 38,000
MZ (4000) Inferred 0.45 1,849,000 1.43 85,000
531 (5300) Inferred 0.45 4,998,000 1.33 214,000
NW (6000) Inferred 0.45 828,000 1.80 48,000
           
All Douay Indicated 0.45 9,383,000 1.59 479,000
  Inferred 0.45 84,152,000 1.02 2,759,000

*See disclosure notes below

Click here to view summary report table by zone @ 0.50 g/t cut-off grade

Notes:

  1. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Micon does not believe that mineral resources estimate is materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues.
  2. The quantity and grade reported includes both indicated and inferred resources for the Douay West and Porphyry zones and inferred resources for the remaining zones in the deposit. The inferred resources in this estimation are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration data to define these resources as an indicated category and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an Indicated mineral resource category. There are no measured resources currently for the mineral zones comprising the Douay Project.
  3. The mineral resource estimate has been prepared without reference to surface rights or the presence of overlying public infrastructure.
  4. Figures may not total due to rounding.
  5. A gold price of US $1,400 per ounce was used for the purposes of demonstrating economics.
  6. The mineralized envelopes were re-modelled in GEMS at 0.3 g/t Au cut-off assuming an anastomosing style of mineralization with some inclusion of lower grade material for modelling purposes.
  7. Although the Douay West, Porphyry Zones were able to produce supporting variograms, all zones within the entire deposit were estimated using Inverse Distance Cubed.
  8. Search ellipses range from 50 m to 300 m using 3 passes to fill the model. The search ellipses were also optimized to reflect the anastomosing nature and different directions and dips within the mineralized zones.
  9. Block size of 10 m x 2 m x 5 m was used.
  10. The effective date of the mineral resource estimate is February 9, 2018.

About Micon International Limited

Micon International Limited (Micon), mineral industry consultants, is an independent firm of senior geological, mining, metallurgical and environmental consultants. The firm operates from integrated offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada and Norwich and Cornwall, United Kingdom. The professionals of Micon have extensive experience in the mining industry with both mining companies and leading consultancy firms

NI-43-101 Technical Report - March 2018

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The first gold discovery at the Douay Gold Project was made by Inco Ltd. in 1976. From 1976 to 2017 a total of 221,833 metres of drilling has been completed, including ~66,000 metres by Maple Gold (2011-2017). Maple Gold’s 2018 drilling is not included in the table below:
Company Year Drill Holes Total Metres Cumulative Drill Holes Cumulative Metres
Inco, SOQUEM and Aurizon 1976 to 1999 468 122,906 468 122,906
Vior 2004 to 2010 107 32,785 575 155691
Maple Gold 2011 to 2017 182 66,142 757 221,833
 TOTAL 1976 to 2017 757 221,833    

The Douay Gold Project hosts numerous high-grade gold occurrences within larger low-grade envelopes of mineralization. Visible gold occasionally occurs in quartz veinlets and the table below highlights some of the high-grade results reported from previous drill campaigns:

Drill Highlights from Previous Campaigns

DDH# (Year drilled) Location Gold Grade (g/t) Intercept Accumulation
D-107 (2005) Douay West 2.99 46.5 143.2
DO-95-13 (1995) 9.27 21.4 198.4
84637 (1990) 21.18 10.5 222.0
84662 (1990) 4.23 33.9 143.4
DO-95-03 (1995) 3.51 59.0 207.2
40688 (1981) Main 14.41 16.9 243.2
70-531-2 (1992) 531 2.63 55.7 146.5
DO-12-97 (2012) Porphyry 1.08 183.0 195.8
including 2.13 60.0 127.6
70-597-0 (1992) 1.13 97.3 110.1

*Drill results in the above table are core lengths. Please refer to the 43-101 technical report for further information on drilling at the Douay Gold Project

 

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Fig 2 – PR Jan 10 2018 - Distribution of permitted sites for shallow “Top-of-Bedrock” drilling (black crosses) and for diamond drilling (black diamonds) within and beyond the Resource Area, on regional gradient magnetics base map. White stippled area currently being mapped in summer 2018 focusing on combined Remote Spectral Geology and airborne radiometric Targets.

 

The Douay Gold Project not only hosts intrusive-related gold mineralization, but potentially also copper-zinc mineralization potentially of the volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) type, as well as orogenic gold vein systems. Gold mineralization hosted by altered mafic volcanic host rocks of the causative alkaline intrusive complex is generally of higher grade, occurring in zones such as Douay West (4.47 Mt @ 2.36 g/t Au; Micon, 2017), whereas gold hosted by altered, often porphyritic syenitic rocks forms larger lower-grade areas such as the Porphyry Zone (72.16 Mt @ 0.96 g/t Au; Micon, 2017).  The Douay Resources are open along strike and down-plunge, such that brownfields exploration potential for resource expansion is considered excellent.

The greenfields portion of the Project (about 75% of the total area) remains relatively unexplored, despite its location along a major regional structure (Casa Berardi Fault Zone). This greenfields area is also considered to have potential for all three styles of mineralization mentioned above.

In 2017, the Company revised its exploration plans to capture both the brownfields and greenfields potential of the project. A thorough review and analysis of all existing geological, geochemical and geophysical data continues, which combined with new data generated from the current winter drill program as well as ongoing re-logging and sampling, will be used to refine the company’s comprehensive exploration strategy going forward.

Please see Press Release (Sept 4, 2018) summarizing 2018 drilling highlights https://www.maplegoldmines.com/index.php/en/news/2018/284-

For further information on the Company’s ongoing exploration and drilling plans, please refer to fall press releases.

 

Unless otherwise stated, the scientific and technical data contained within this website was reviewed and approved by Fred Speidel, M.Sc., P.Geo., Vice-President, Exploration, who is responsible for ensuring that the geologic information provided on this website is accurate and acts as a “qualified person” under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.