Royal Roads announces preliminary plans for 2009



    Trading Symbol: RRO - TSX-V
    Shares Outstanding: 112,127,490

    HALIFAX, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Royal Roads Corp. (RRO-TSX-V) ("Royal Roads" or
the "Company") is pleased to announce preliminary plans for upcoming
exploration programs on the Long Range Nickel and Buchans properties in
central Newfoundland. The program objective on the Long Range Nickel property
is the discovery of Voisey's Bay style nickel-copper sulphide deposits
associated with a newly recognized magmatic nickel-copper sulphide
environment. The goal on the Company's 100% owned Buchans property is
discovery of high-grade zinc-lead-copper-silver-gold deposits within the
historic world-class Buchans Mining Camp. Programs on both properties are
anticipated to include diamond drilling to test priority targets. As part of
the Company's strategy to build value while preserving capital, it intends to
advance exploration at Buchans by leveraging Company funds with grants from
the government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Junior Exploration Assistance
program (matching grants of up to $100,000 per program).
    In addition to the aforementioned programs, Royal Roads will also be
advancing exploration on several of its other 100% owned projects as well as
actively seeking joint ventures. These other plans include a generative
program geared exclusively towards identification of advanced, drill-ready,
gold projects. The company is currently in early discussions with several
groups in this regard.

    Long Range Nickel
    -----------------

    Exploration programs for the Long Range Nickel Joint Venture are in the
planning stages and a proposed 2009 program and budget has been submitted to
Royal Roads' Joint Venture partners, Benton Resources Corp. and Golden Dory
Resources Ltd., for their consideration and approval. Details will be
announced once a program and budget have been approved. Royal Roads expects
the 2009 program to include diamond drilling and ground geophysical surveys
designed to follow-up targets generated by VTEM airborne geophysical surveys
completed in 2008.

    Buchans - Clementine West
    -------------------------

    At Clementine West, the Company is planning to drill between 1,500 and
3,000 metres to follow-up drilling in 2008 which intersected sulphide
stockwork mineralization over core lengths ranging between 29 and 118 metres
(Buchans River Ltd, May 26, 2008). This mineralization is similar to stockwork
mineralization beneath the Buchans-Lucky Strike massive sulphide deposit.
Mining at Lucky Strike yielded historic production totaling 5.6 million
tonnes(*) averaging 18.4% zinc, 8.6% lead, 1.6% copper, 112 g/t silver & 1.7 g/t
gold. Management believes the Clementine West area is highly prospective for
discovery of high-grade Buchans-style massive sulphides and has identified
several untested Induced Polarization geophysical anomalies in the area, as
well as target areas located down plunge of stockwork mineralization. Previous
drilling of the stockwork zone suggest the mineralization is open and may be
gaining in intensity down plunge, where it may be leading to proximal
accumulations of high-grade massive sulphides.

    
    (*) Past production figures for the Lucky Strike mine were obtained from
        an article written by Thurlow, J.G., and Swanson, E.A., 1981: Geology
        and Ore Deposits of the Buchans area, central Newfoundland. In:
        Swanson, E.A., Strong, D.F., and Thurlow, J.G., (editors), "The
        Buchans Orebodies: Fifty Years of Geology and Mining". Geological
        Association of Canada. Special Paper 22. Pages 113 to 142.
    

    Buchans - Titan 24 Targets
    --------------------------

    Royal Roads is planning an initial drill program of between 1,500 and
3,000 on prioritized targets generated by Titan 24 geophysical surveys. In
2007 and 2008, the Company completed deep-seeking Titan 24 DCIP and MT surveys
over the most productive portion of the Buchans mining camp, generating
approximately 130 anomalies as classified by Quantec Geoscience Ltd. This data
has now been reviewed by Royal Roads in conjunction with other geologic and
geophysical data. The Company has selected an initial set of drill targets
defined by anomalous geophysical responses located within the same package of
felsic volcanic rocks that host all previously mined ore in Buchans. The
Buchans Camp represents one of the highest grade base metal camps in Canadian
history where past mining from five orebodies produced 16.2 million tonnes(xx)
of ore averaging 14.51% zinc, 1.33% copper, 7.56% lead, 126 g/t silver and
1.37g/t gold. The Company looks forward to testing some of these anomalies in
pursuit of new high-grade deposits. Final selection of drill targets is
expected upon Quantec providing further verification of anomalies selected by
the Company.

    
    (xx) Past production figures for the Buchans Mines were obtained from an
         article written by Kirkham, R.V., 1987: Introduction. In "Buchans
         Geology, Newfoundland", Geological Survey of Canada Paper 86-24,
         pages 1 to 6.
    

    Other Projects
    --------------

    Among the other projects Royal Roads plans to explore in 2009 are its
100% owned West Tally and Burnt Pond VMS projects. Located in central
Newfoundland, these projects are situated within the same volcanic belt that
hosts Teck's Duck Pond mine. Duck Pond commenced production in 2007 at which
time it is reported to have hosted proven and probable reserves totaling 4.1
million tonnes at an average grade of 3.3% copper, 5.7% zinc, 59 g/t silver
and 0.9 g/t gold as well as an inferred resource totaling 1.1 million tonnes
grading 3.0% copper, 7.1% zinc, 71 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold. Royal Roads'
projects cover a combined area of 10 km2 located adjacent to Teck's property.
The projects were surveyed by VTEM airborne geophysical surveys in 2008,
identifying several conductive anomalies to be evaluated in 2009.
    On February 3rd 2009, the Company announced regaining 100% interest in
its Burtons Pond property in northern Newfoundland. This 7.25 km2 property
covers a portion of the Betts Cove Ophiolite Complex in north-central
Newfoundland and host the Burtons Pond gold prospect. The prospect consists of
gold and copper-bearing stockwork mineralization where previous drilling
returned assays of up to 10.2 grams per tonne gold, 15.2 grams per tonne
silver and 1.64% copper over a core length of 3.0 metres. The ophiolite
complex hosts two historic, former-producing, massive sulphide deposits at
Tilt Cove and Betts Cove; as well as the former Nugget Pond gold mine which
operated between 1997 and 2001. The historic Tilt Cove mine is located
approximately 10 kilometres northeast of the property and is estimated to have
produced 8.1 million tonnes of ore grading 1 to 12% copper, including 42,425
ounces of gold. The historic Betts Cove mine is located 400 metres east of the
property and is reported to have produced approximately 119,000 tonnes of ore
averaging about 10% copper. The former Nugget Pond mine, located 3 kilometres
northeast of the property, produced approximately 489,000 tonnes of ore
containing approximately 168,700 ounces of gold, for an average production
grade of 10.74 grams per tonne. The Company is evaluating results generated by
its former joint venture partner, and may consider seeking joint ventures to
pursue further exploration on this project in the near future.

    Qualified Person
    ----------------

    Paul Moore, M.Sc., P.Geo., (NL), Royal Road's Vice President of
Exploration, is acting as Qualified Person in compliance with National
Instrument 43-101 with respect to this release and has reviewed the contents
for accuracy.

    About Royal Roads
    -----------------

    Royal Roads is a resource company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
and is focused on exploring and developing mineral properties in the famous
Buchans and Victoria Lake mining camps in central Newfoundland and Labrador,
Canada. Royal Roads controls mineral properties totaling 33,700 hectares,
including the historic Buchans mines, the Lundberg deposit in the Buchans camp
and the Daniels Pond deposit in the Victoria Lake camp. The Company also has
joint venture interests on various Newfoundland mineral properties with
Prominex Resource Corp., Playfair Mining Ltd., Benton Resources Corp., and
Golden Dory Resources Ltd. Royal Roads is 29.18% controlled by Acadian Mining
Corporation, a Halifax based resource company developing gold and base metal
properties, including the Scotia Mine (lead and zinc) in Nova Scotia.

    Forward Looking Statements
    --------------------------

    Certain information regarding Royal Roads contained herein may constitute
forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws.
Forward-looking statements may include estimates, plans, expectations,
opinions, forecasts, projections, guidance or other statements that are not
statements of fact. Although Royal Roads believes that the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no
assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. The Company
cautions that actual performance will be affected by a number of factors, many
of which are beyond Royal Roads' control, and that future events and results
may vary substantially from what both companies currently foresee. Royal
Roads' forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by
this cautionary statement.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of this release.
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For further information:

For further information: Will Felderhof, President & CEO of Royal Roads,
(902) 444-3637, will@royalroadscorp.ca; David Felderhof, Vice-President of
Royal Roads, (902) 444-3637, david@royalroadscorp.ca

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