Black Lake–Drayton (Ontario)

Project Overview

  • Underexplored high-grade gold prospect with road access, close to rail and power
  • Adjoins First Mining Gold’s Goldlund Project, and shares geology of the Sioux Lookout Deformation Zone with both Goldlund and Treasury Metals’ Goliath Project, farther to the west
  • +30km Archean greenstone strike on high-grade trend
  • 100% interest on 13,733 hectares (expanded by direct staking March 2019)
  • High-grade historic bulk samples
  • 127 drill hole database, plus geophysical surveys, till sampling
  • Last systematic exploration in 2002 by Cameco

The 100%-owned Black Lake–Drayton project has been consolidated by the Company in five parcels as four option deals plus direct staking, providing Group Ten with 100% earn-in or ownership on more than 137 km2 and over 30 km of underexplored strike length in in the Abrams‐Minnitaki Lake Archean greenstone belt, along the northern margin of the Wabigoon sub-province. This highly-active gold belt is host to a number of well-known deposits including Goliath (Treasury Metals), Goldlund (First Mining Finance), and Rainy River (New Gold), all of which have seen substantial recent expansions.

Black Lake–Drayton Claims Map

1 - Historic result not independently verified by Group Ten Metals Inc.
2 - Goldlund mineral resource figures based on “Technical Report and Resource Estimation Update on the Goldlund Project” dated February 7, 2017 and available under First Mining Finance’s profile at
3 - Goliath project mineral resource estimate based on “Technical Report and Updated Resource Estimate for the Goliath Gold Project,” effective August 28, 2015 and available under Treasury Metals’ profile at

Group Ten’s work has distilled over 13 target areas from the geophysical and geological work to date which includes 127 drills holes, multiple historic trenches, and more recent geophysical and geological work by the company. The Black Lake project is particularly compelling with historic high-grade gold bulk samples and historic grab samples at the Moretti Zone running to 35 oz/t (1,212 g/t). Group Ten’s recent work there suggests that historic drilling fell short of testing the structure at depth, providing a priority target for follow-up.

The area is generally underexplored due in part to persistent but shallow ground cover that limited past exploration efforts. A 2013 airborne survey by Group Ten at Drayton was very effective in addressing this and revealed several compelling targets including a potential dilation zone. 

Over 20 million ounces of gold have been discovered in the past ten years in the area with the Rainy River Gold Project and Osisko’s Hammond Reef leading the way. Within the region, Group Ten is focused on the Wabigoon (Rainy River) greenstone belt, an Archean greenstone belt, which now contains of over 14 million ounces in recent discoveries including Rainy River, Bayfield Ventures, Treasury Metals, Manitou Gold, Coventry Resources, Kesselrun, and Tamaka Gold. Archean greenstone belts in South Africa, Ontario, Quebec and elsewhere host some of the world’s largest and highest grade gold mines, including the neighbouring Birch–Uchi belt which hosts Barrick’s Red Lake Mine, the lowest cost gold producer in the world. Past production and current gold inventories total over 40 million ounces in the Birch–Uchi belt.

While the Birch–Uchi greenstone belt saw development in the 1920s with the discovery of the Red Lake mine, the Wabigoon greenstone belt––parallel to and immediately south of the Birch–Uchi––was underexplored into the 1990s due to heavy ground cover, limited road access, and a lack of large discoveries. However, improved exploration techniques and new roads have brought attention to the area, led by the discovery and development of the Rainy River Gold Project, which now totals 6.2 million ounces of gold measured and indicated plus 2.3 million ounces inferred.


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