Westhaven Ventures has initiated a ground geophysical survey at its Skoonka Creek gold property located approximately 15km north of Lytton, British Columbia, Canada.

The newly acquired 2,783ha property hosts epithermal-vein exploration targets within prospective stratigraphy in the northern Spences Bridge Gold Belt (SBGB), a 110km north-west trending belt of mafic to felsic volcanic rocks of the Cretaceous Spences Bridge Group.

Scott Geophysics has been engaged to survey approximately 25 line kilometres of ground magnetics.

The programme aims to increase the resolution of the survey to 50m line spacing in order to improve define structural trends within the newly identified JJ-West geochemical anomaly target area.

“We are eagerly awaiting the results of the ground geophysics programme with the view of initiating a drill programme shortly thereafter.”

Westhaven Ventures director and chief financial officer Shaun Pollard said: “It’s management’s belief that the newly identified JJ-West target is possibly the westward continuation of the high-grade JJ Vein Zone. If this proves true, the approximate strike length between the JJ Vein Zone and the JJ-West target is well over 1,500m.

“We are eagerly awaiting the results of the ground geophysics programme with the view of initiating a drill programme shortly thereafter.”

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In 2005, Strongbow Exploration drilled 20.2g/t gold over 12.8m and confirmed the presence of high-grade epithermal gold mineralisation at the Skoonka Creek property and the SBGB.

Limited drilling and other exploration programme results subsequent to 2007 indicate that mineralisation encountered till date at the property represents the upper portions of a shallowly eroded low sulphidation epithermal system.

Westhaven is currently focused on advancing its Shovelnose, Prospect Valley and Skoonka gold projects in British Columbia.