Canadian Mining Journal


GOLD: Avino drilling former Bralorne mine

Avino has bought two new load-haul-dumpers, a jumbo drill and a rock breaker as it continues to investigate the Bralorne mine. (Image: Avino Silver and Gold Mines)

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Avino Silver and Gold Mines of Vancouver is going back into the former Bralorne gold mine near Gold Bridge with a $6-million exploration program.

“The strategic exploration which commenced in June of this year is well underway and is the most comprehensive exploration program in the mine’s 100+ year history. The program includes a 28,000 metre drill program which commenced late last week,” said David Wolfin, Avino president and CEO.

The exploration program includes structural modelling and geological mapping; airborne and ground geophysics surveys; geochemical sampling; and the 28,000-metre drilling campaign. Drilling has two  objectives – increase the inferred resource and find new discoveries.

Avino acquired the Bralorne mine in 2014. From 1928 to 1971 the Bralorne and nearby Pioneer and King mines produced 4.15 million oz. of gold from ore that graded more than 17 g/t gold (half-ounce). Before Avino acquired it, Bralorne began trial production at 100-t/d in 2010.

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