BGM Intersects 13.63 g/t Au over 14.55 Metres at Shaft Zone

Mosquito Creek Expands to Depth

TORONTO, April 26, 2017 /CNW/ - Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: BGM) (the "Company" or "Barkerville") is pleased to announce a new discovery from the ongoing 130,000 metre Phase II Island Mountain exploration drilling program at the Company's flagship Cariboo Gold Project.  The Company is currently exploring and delineating the Valley Zone with four drill rigs.  Detailed drilling results, a drill hole location plan map, level plan and longitudinal section are presented at the end of this release.

New Veining Intersected at Depth at Mosquito Creek

Located at a vertical depth of 280 metres below surface, drillhole IM-17-081 intersected a new veining occurrence averaging 23.31 g/t Au over 7.80 metres. This veining occurs in the largely untested area between the former Aurum and Mosquito Creek Mines. Further downhole, at a vertical depth of 400 metres below surface, a second vein set grading 7.43 g/t Au over 2.00 metres was also intersected. Because of the lack of drilling at this depth, these two occurrences are open for expansion.

Shaft Zone Expands

Drillhole IM-17-085 has intersected series of veins averaging 13.63 g/t Au over 14.55 metres at a vertical depth of 250 metres below surface in the Shaft Zone. This intersection occurs 45 metres along vein strike of previously reported drillhole IM-17-036 which graded 16.96 g/t Au over 5.15 metres hosted in an analogous vein set.  Again, this new occurrence is open for expansion in all directions.

The geometry and hence true width of these mineralized intercepts cannot be assuredly concluded at this time based on the information available.

"Our pragmatic and disciplined exploration approach of drill testing the Shaft and Mosquito Creek Zones on aggressively spaced 100 metre drill centres to determine the extents of the mineralized system is consistently generating new zones of veining on Island Mountain", remarked Paul Geddes, P.Geo. the Company's Vice President Exploration. "Guided by our technical teams geological understanding of the controls on mineralization at the Cariboo Gold Project, our success rate has increased dramatically and we are eager to begin an infill drilling program on these new targets while still advancing the target pipeline with aggressively spaced exploratory drilling in this large gold system."

About the Phase II Program

The 130,000 metre 2017 Phase II exploratory and delineation drill program on Island Mountain is intended to determine the extent of the vein systems that were historically never explored, and is aimed at discovering new vein systems and sulphide replacement bodies that will ultimately inform a maiden resource at Island Mountain. Seven drill rigs are currently operating on Island Mountain, with an eighth rig testing for additional mineralization below the former Aurum and Cariboo Gold Quartz Mines which have never been explored since mining operations ceased circa 1960.

Qualified Persons

Exploration activities at the Cariboo Gold Project are administered on site by the Company's Exploration Manager, Maggie Layman, P.Geo. As per National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, Paul Geddes, P.Geo. Vice President Exploration, is the Qualified Person for the Company and has prepared, validated and approved the technical and scientific content of this news release. The Company strictly adheres to CIM Best Practices Guidelines in conducting, documenting, and reporting its exploration activities on the Cariboo Gold Project.

Quality Assurance – Quality Control

Once received from the drill and processed, all drill core samples are sawn in half, labelled and bagged.  The remaining drill core is subsequently stored on site at the Company's secure facility in Wells, BC.  Numbered security tags are applied to lab shipments for chain of custody requirements.  The Company inserts quality control (QC) samples at regular intervals in the sample stream, including blanks and reference materials with all sample shipments to monitor laboratory performance. The QAQC program was designed and approved by Lynda Bloom, P.Geo. of Analytical Solutions Ltd., and is overseen by the Company's Qualified Person, Paul Geddes, P.Geo, Vice President Exploration.

Drill core samples are submitted to ALS Geochemistry's analytical facility in North Vancouver, British Columbia for preparation and analysis. The ALS facility is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for gold assays and all analytical methods include quality control materials at set frequencies with established data acceptance criteria. The entire sample is crushed and 250 grams is pulverized. Analysis for gold is by 50g fire assay fusion with atomic absorption (AAS) finish with a lower limit of 0.01 ppm and upper limit of 100 ppm. Samples with gold assays greater than 100 ppm are re-analyzed using a 1,000g screen metallic fire assay. A selected number of samples are also analyzed using a 48 multi-elemental geochemical package by a 4-acid digestion, followed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS).

About Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.
The Company is focused on developing its extensive land package located in the historical Cariboo Mining District of central British Columbia. Barkerville's mineral tenures cover 1,164 square kilometres along a strike length of 60 kilometres which includes several past producing hard rock mines of the historic Barkerville Gold Mining Camp near the town of Wells, British Columbia. The QR Project, located approximately 110 kilometres by highway and all weather road from Wells was acquired by Barkerville in 2010 and boasts a fully permitted 900 tonne/day gold milling and tailings facility. Test mining of the Bonanza Ledge open pit was completed in March of 2015 with 91,489 tonnes of ore milled producing 25,464 ounces of gold. The Company has completed a number of drilling and exploration programs over the past 20 years and is currently compiling this data with all historical information in order develop geologic models which will assist new management and provide the framework to continue to explore the Cariboo Gold Project. An extensive drill program is currently underway with the goal of delineating additional high grade gold mineralization.

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange ('TSXV') nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This news release contains forward-looking information which is not comprised of historical facts. Forward-looking information involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, the Company's objectives, goals or future plans, statements regarding exploration results and exploration plans. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, changes in equity markets, inflation, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry, and those risks set out in the Company's public documents filed on SEDAR. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

Table 1: Length weighted gold composites for Island Mountain Phase II drillholes:

HOLE-ID

FROM (M)

TO (M)

CORE LENGTH (M)

AU (G/T)

AREA

IM-17-079

29.85

30.70

0.85

8.89

MC

IM-17-079

249.40

249.95

0.55

5.65

MC

IM-17-080

148.00

152.30

4.30

4.82

MC

INCL

151.20

151.75

0.55

20.20

MC

IM-17-081

175.30

176.30

1.00

10.90

MC

IM-17-081

257.50

258.00

0.50

28.10

MC

IM-17-081

283.70

291.50

7.80

23.31

MC

INCL

283.70

284.50

0.80

10.15

MC

AND

286.10

287.60

1.50

25.40

MC

AND

287.60

288.50

0.90

18.25

MC

AND

288.50

289.50

1.00

55.70

MC

AND

289.50

290.15

0.65

31.50

MC

AND

290.15

291.00

0.85

48.20

MC

IM-17-081

402.50

404.50

2.00

7.43

MC

IM-17-082

113.00

113.50

0.50

47.60

SHAFT

IM-17-082

139.60

140.15

0.55

6.03

SHAFT

IM-17-082

178.85

183.10

4.25

5.60

SHAFT

INCL

179.90

180.90

1.00

14.80

SHAFT

IM-17-082

200.30

200.80

0.50

21.10

SHAFT

IM-17-082

209.20

209.70

0.50

28.00

SHAFT

IM-17-082

297.60

298.80

1.20

5.56

SHAFT

IM-17-083

20.65

21.15

0.50

11.30

SHAFT

IM-17-083

216.10

216.60

0.50

8.28

SHAFT

IM-17-083

221.65

229.25

7.60

5.78

SHAFT

INCL

221.65

222.30

0.65

21.90

SHAFT

AND

223.50

224.00

0.50

18.05

SHAFT

AND

228.75

229.25

0.50

29.90

SHAFT

IM-17-084




NSA

MC

IM-17-085

291.60

292.30

0.70

21.40

SHAFT

IM-17-085

366.45

381.00

14.55

13.63

SHAFT

INCL

367.40

368.45

1.05

32.60

SHAFT

AND

369.70

370.20

0.50

26.80

SHAFT

AND

377.00

377.85

0.85

155.00

SHAFT

AND

378.65

379.15

0.50

10.55

SHAFT

 

True widths cannot be accurately determined from the information available therefore core lengths are reported. Rock not recovered by drilling was assigned zero grade. Top cuts have not been applied to high grade assays. MC = Mosquito Creek, SHAFT = Shaft Zone.

Table 2: Drillhole Collar Orientations:

HOLE-ID

AZIMUTH

DIP

IM-17-079

136.90

-45.20

IM-17-081

139.20

-66.30

IM-17-083

137.30

-41.40

IM-17-080

138.60

-45.30

IM-17-082

142.40

-45.00

IM-17-084

136.60

-45.90

IM-17-085

139.20

-64.30


 

SOURCE Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd.

For further information: For further information on Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. please contact: Chris Lodder, President & Chief Executive Officer, 155 University Avenue, Suite 1440, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, clodder@barkervillegold.com

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