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Northstar expands Bryce Gold Property acquires Britcanna Mining Lease

May 5, 2022

Northstar Gold Corp. (CSE: NSG) (OTCQB: NSGCF) ("Northstar" or the "Company")announces the Company has signed an Option Agreement (or "the Agreement") to acquire 100% interest in the 161 hectare Britcanna Property Mining Lease (or "the Property") situated 47 km south of Kirkland Lake, Ontario. 

"The Britcanna Mining Lease Option Agreement provides for the strategic acquisition of a number of porphyry-hosted, historic high-grade gold zones and occurrences that compliment Northstar's Bryce Gold Property," states Brian Fowler, P.Geo., President, CEO and Director of Northstar. "This Agreement further consolidates Northstar's ownership of the Britcanna Porphyry, which is highly prospective for high-grade and low-grade bulk tonnage gold mineralization. Northstar is formulating plans to advance the Britcanna and Bryce Gold Properties by way of surface mapping, trenching, sampling and diamond drilling." 

Britcanna Property

The historic Britcanna Property is encompassed by Northstar's Bryce Gold Property and is host to lode gold, volcanogenic polymetallic sulphides and porphyry-related Au-Cu stockwork-type mineralization within the Britcanna Porphyry intrusive stock (Figure 1). The Britcanna Porphyry is cut by several late-stage lamprophyric alkaline dikes which are typically associated with deep seated crustal scale regional structures such as the PVE break that transects the northern portion of Northstar's Bryce Gold Property and hosts numerous gold showings. Approximately 4,400 metres of shallow drilling in 69 historic drill holes was completed on the Property by several operators between 1936 and 1998. 

Multiple gold zones have been explored on the Property as early as 1937, with historic high grade drill intercepts in the No.1 Zone of 170 g/t Au over 1.1 metres and 45.9 g/t Au over 1.5 metres in Britcana Gold Mines Hole No.3 and 30.2 g/t Au over 1.5 metres and 38.7 g/t Au over 1.5 metres in Britcanna Gold Mines Hole No.5.** The No.1 Zone is a porphyry-hosted silicified shear zone containing pyrite and chalcopyrite mineralization over a strike length of 50 to 75 metres and a vertical depth of 40 metres. Remnants of a nearby two-compartment shaft sunk to explore the No. 1 Zone underground are still evident (Figure 2). 

The No.2 Zone, located 900 metres southwest of the No.1 Zone is comprised of heavy disseminated sulphides (including chalcopyrite) within a 2 metre-wide shear zone along a contact between mafic volcanic flows and intermediate tuff. Historic drilling intercepts in No.2 Zone include 10.4 g/t Au over 1.5 metres and 15.1 g/t Au over 0.6 metres at a vertical depth of 90 metres,** with the Zone apparently expanding at depth. A 20 tonne bulk sample collected in 1937 by Britcanna Gold Mines from a surface trench on the No.2 Zone and shipped to Noranda reportedly graded 41 g/t Au* (Figure 2). More recent sampling of massive pyrite collected by Norite Exploration from a surface trench on the No.2 Zone assayed 40.7 g/t Au over 0.3 metres with a grab sample by E.E. Campbell from the same trench grading 123g/t Au.*** 

Drilling on the No.5 Zone, located 250 metres southeast of the No.1 Zone by Novawest Resources in 1998 produced broad low-grade gold intercepts in a porphyry hosted quartz stockwork that includes 1.85 g/t Au over 5.83 metres from 43.22 metres to 49.05 metres, including 7.04 g/t Au over 1.03 metres in hole GV98-03.**** 

Sampling by Gold Fields Canadian Mining in 1990 on the nearby No.6 Zone yielded a sample assaying 98.4 g/t Au over 0.15 metres. Follow up Novawest drill hole GV98-04 reportedly intersected 3.54 g/t Au over 1.1 metres from 36.57 metres to 37.67 metres with reported visible gold.**** Novawest drill hole GV-98-07, drilled northward towards the No.6 Zone intersected a previously unidentified, thick cherty exhalite with the presence of banded/bedded sulphides (pyrite-pyrrhotite-sphalerite and minor chalcopyrite) within the hanging wall volcanics south of the No.6 Zone.****

* Johns, G.W. 1986: Geology of the Hill Lake Area, District of Timiskaming; Ontario Geological Survey Report 250, 100p.
** Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Assessment Report #CO-0193: "Britcanna Gold Mines - International Bulletin, February 1, 1937" by J.C Houston M.E., Consulting Mining Engineer. Resident Geologist's Files, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Kirkland Lake, Ontario
*** Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Mines Assessment Report #CO-0195: Report on Norite Explorations Limited Bryce Township District of Temiskaming, Ontario, June 3, 1965, by L.J. Cunningham, BSc. P.Eng, Mining Engineer
****Novawest Resources Press Release dated June 26, 1998. 

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Figure 1. Bryce Gold Property Compilation Map with Britcanna Property

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Figure 2. Britcanna Property Compilation Map

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Britcanna Property Agreement Terms

To earn a 100% interest in the Britcanna Property, Northstar has agreed to the following option terms (All dollar amounts in CAD unless specified otherwise):

  1. Cash payment of $18,000 and issuance of $15,000 in Northstar common shares upon signing.
  1. On the first anniversary date of the Agreement, issue $20,000 of Common Shares of Northstar to the Vendors and pay to the Vendors $20,000; 
  1. On the second anniversary date of the Agreement, issue $35,000 of Common Shares to the Vendors and pay to the Vendors $22,000; and
  1. On the third anniversary date of the Agreement, issue $30,000 of Common Shares to the Vendors and pay to the Vendors $25,000 for a 100% interest in the Property. 
  1. Northstar shall pay to the Vendors an annual advance minimum royalty ("AMR") payment of $5,000 per year for a period of 10 years once 100% of the Option has been exercised. The Parties acknowledge that any AMR payments shall be credited in favour of Northstar against any future Royalty payments to the Vendors.
  1. The Vendors retain a 2.0% Net Smelter Return (NSR). Northstar has the right to purchase 1% of the NSR for $1.0 million and retains a standard right of first refusal on any proposed sale or transfer by Vendors of the remaining 1% of the NSR.


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