Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project

Geoscience BC and the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) partnered in 2012 to fund the Northern Vancouver Island (NVI) Exploration Geoscience Project. Geoscience BC's Board approved $530,000 for project activities, which was matched by $400,000 from ICET for a total project budget of $930,000. In addition, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation provided generous support for stakeholder engagement in the project development phase, through the Campbell River Regional Economic Pilot initiative.

The NVI Exploration Geoscience Project generated new geoscience data for northern Vancouver Island near the communities of Campbell River, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay, Port Alice and Zeballos. This new regional information will help attract mineral exploration interest and investment, increase the understanding of the mineral potential, and provide local First Nations and communities with more information on the geology of the region.

The project activities included an airborne magnetic survey and a stream sediment geochemical sampling and till reanalysis program. All of these programs were undertaken in the summer and fall of 2012. Results of the high-resolution heliborne magnetic survey were released in January 2013 and the results of the geochemical programs were released on May 28, 2013. A formal data release and networking event, which included technical presentations, was held in Campbell River the same day as the digital release. In addition, the project also supported two community awareness sessions on geoscience, mineral exploration and mining in 2012.


Mining - What's It All About?" -- Free Short Course on August 28-29, 2012, Campbell River, BC
Geoscience BC presented a free short course on August 28-29, 2012 in Campbell River titled, "Mining -- What's It All About?". This free, interactive two-day workshop gave First Nation communities a look into modern mineral exploration and mining. It was presented and sponsored in collaboration with Island Coastal Economic Trust and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as a part of the Northern Vancouver Island Geoscience Exploration Project. For more information on this workshop, please visit: www.geosciencebc.com/s/Workshops.asp?ReportID=541819.

Brochures
2013: Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project
-Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project Brochure, pdf

Posters and Presentations
2013: Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project - New Airborne Magnetic Data
- Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 poster (pdf, 31 Mb)

2013: Updating the British Columbia Regional Geochemical database with new field survey and sample reanalysis data to support mineral exploration
- Mineral Exploration Roundup 2013 poster (pdf, 40 Mb)

2013: The Geoscience BC Data Release: North Island Aeromagnetics Survey, Then and Now
- Campbell River Data Release Event Presentation, May 28, 2013 (pdf, 3.2 Mb)

2013: Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project; Regional Geochemical Surveys
- Campbell River Data Release Event Presentation, May 28, 2013 (pdf, 6.2 Mb)
Technical Articles
2013: "Update on Geoscience BC's 2012 geophysical programs"
- Summary of Activities 2012, Report 2013-1 p. 1-4 (pdf, 2.5 MB)

2013: "Updating the British Columbia Regional Geochemical Survey database with new field survey and sample reanalysis data to support mineral exploration"
- Summary of Activities 2012, Report 2013-1 p. 5-10 (pdf, 3.4 MB)
Final Deliverables
Geophysics
Geochemistry
General Maps of Interest

100K Scale Maps - New Data
GBC Airborne Geophysics Residual Magnetic Intensity (pdf, 20MB)
GBC Airborne Geophysics First Vertical Derivative of Residual Magnetic Intensity (pdf, 25MB)

250K Scale Maps - New Data
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Sample Location (pdf, 9MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Copper (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Gold (ICPMS) (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Gold (INAA + FA) (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Molybdenum (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Silver (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Zinc (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Stream Sediment Geochemistry - Rhenium (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Copper (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Gold (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Molybdenum (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Silver (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Zinc (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Till Sample Geochemistry - Rhenium (pdf, 8MB)
GBC Airborne Geophysics Residual Magnetic Intensity (pdf, 8MB) - 250K scale map
GBC Airborne Geophysics First Vertical Derivative of Residual Magnetic Intensity (pdf, 8.5MB) - 250K scale map

500K Scale Maps - Existing Data
Vancouver Island - Geology (pdf, 5MB)
Vancouver Island - MinFile and Geology (pdf, 5MB)
Vancouver Island - Geology-Hillshade Composite (pdf, 12MB)
General Information

News Releases
July 11, 2012: Geoscience BC and Island Coastal Economic Trust Announce the Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project

July 11, 2012: Economic pilot supports industry and job creation

May 28, 2013: Geoscience BC Releases Geochemical Results from Northern Vancouver Island Exploration Geoscience Project
Media Articles
May 30, 2013: Campbell River Mirror: "North Island prospecting looks good thanks to new mineral data"

May 29, 2013: Northern Miner: "Geoscience BC lures stakers to North Vancouver Island"

May 29, 2013: Courier Islander: "Geoscience set to reveal North Island findings"

About the Island Coastal Economic Trust
The Island Coastal Economic Trust was established in February 2006 under an Act of the Province of British Columbia. It provided a $50-million endowment that is managed by an independent Board of Directors comprised of thirteen members -- eight Mayors and five provincial appointees from the prescribed area.  


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