Location: Bannockburn Township
Years of Operation: 1932 – 1936
Tons Milled: 157,076
Ounces of Gold Produced: 50,123






Ashley Mine (Past Producer)




Approximately  12  miles  northwest  of Kirkland  Lake,  near the 5-mile post on the Argyle- Bannockburn  township  boundary,  in  northwestern Bannockburn  Township  and  southwestern  Argyle Township.  Main  (Ashley)  Vein  and  shaft  in  claim MR8194.  Garvey  Vein  in  claim MR8205.  Latitude 48.01 0 ,  Longitude 80.900 . Map reference:  ODM 41a, Bannockburn Gold Area.


Northwest-trending  Keewatin  basalt  flows with  good  pillows  are  cut  by  dikes of porphyritic granite  and  lamprophyre.  The  gold  mineralization occurs  in  numerous quartz veins, the two main ones being the Ashley and Garvey Veins in Bannockburn and  Argyle  Townships  respectively.  The  Ashley Vein  consists of connected  lenses of quartz cutting the  basalts;  it  strikes  N100W,  dips  500W,  and  is approximately  2 feet wide. Mineralization, consist ing of pyrite, galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, altaite, specularite  and  native  gold,  occurs along  fractures in  the  quartz.  The  Garvey  Vein  strikes  east,  dips 200N,  and  has  a  maximum  width  of  1.5  feet. Mineralization  is similar to that of the Ashley Vein.


A  2,000-foot  length  of the Ashley  Vein  averaged  0.3  to  0.4  ounce  of Au  per ton across a width of 2.5 feet.


MR8194  (shaft  claim) and two adjacent claims  by  Caramora  Porcupine  Mines  Limited. Garvey  Vein  claim  and  four  adjacent  claims  by G. Sunisloe.


931:  Trenching  revealed  several  small veins.  The  two  main  veins  were  diamond-drilled, and  as  a  result  an  inclined  shaft  was  sunk  on  the Ashley  Vein  by  Ashley  Gold  Mining  Corporation Limited  (controlled  by The Mining Corporation of Canada Limited).
1932-1936:  Inclined  shaft to 403 feet, with levels at  100, 200, 300, and 400 feet. Two winzes, one of them from 400-foot level with levels at 500 and 600 feet.  Underground  development  totalled  17,316 feet. Underground and surface diamond-drilling. All work by The Mining Corporation of Canada Limited.
1947:  Caramora  Porcupine  Mines  Limited  pur chased three claims (including shaft claim) and found a  new  vein,  4  inches  to  2  feet  wide,  containing visible  gold  and  tellurides.  Underground  workings pumped  out  to  the  100-foot  level  and  three  dia mond-drill holes put down.
1947-1948:  Trenching  and  nine  diamond-drill holes  on  the  Garvey  Vein  by Ashley Gold and Oil Minerals Limited.
1973: Trenching by G. Sunisloe.


Years Gold Siver Ore Milled Recovered Grade
(Ounces) (Ounces) (Tons) (Ounces of Gold per ton)
1932-1936 50,123 7,644 157,636 0.32


ODM  1932,  Vol.41,  pt.2,  p.13-18 (Mining Corporation of Canada).
Resident  Geologist’s  Files,  Ontario  Ministry  of Natural Resources, Kirkland Lake.

Gordon, J.B., Lovell, H.L., de Grijs, Jan, and Davie, R.F.
1979:  Gold  Deposits of Ontario,  Part  2:  Part of District of Cochrane,  Districts of Muskoka,  Nipissing,  Parry  Sound,  Sudbury,  Timiskaming,  and  Counties  of Southern  Ontario;  Ontario  Geological  Survey,  Mineral  Deposits  Circular  18,  253p.


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