Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. - High grade 811 Zone extended 1,000 feet at depth



    WAWA, ON, April 20 /CNW/ - Preliminary underground drilling from the 500
metre level has traced the 811 Zone to at least 300 metres (or 1,000 feet)
below existing workings. The zone remains open to the east, west and at depth.
    Rolly Uloth, President, comments "Early results at previously untested
depths give us strong encouragement regarding the long term resource potential
at Eagle River."
    To date three crossections have been completed 25 metres apart to test
the structure at depths of 600, 700 and 800 metres.

    
    Section 9425E(*)

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                            Core    True
    Hole     From     To   length   Width    Assay       Cut Assay   Depth(*)
    No.       (m)     (m)    (m)     (m)  (gAu/tonne)  (60gAu/tonne)   (m)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-174  183.20  185.54   2.34   2.26      42.37        25.16       600
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-175  236.00  237.80   1.80   1.56      10.28        10.28       700
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-176  288.26  290.60   2.34   1.79       5.38         5.38       800
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    Section 9450E(*)

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                            Core    True
    Hole     From     To   length   Width    Assay       Cut Assay   Depth(*)
    No.       (m)     (m)    (m)     (m)  (gAu/tonne)  (60gAu/tonne)   (m)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-171  190.70  192.50   1.80   1.56       5.78         5.78       600
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    EU-172  240.70  243.40   2.70   2.34      19.81        19.81       700
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-173  301.64  303.90   2.26   1.53       3.65         3.65       800
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    Section 9475E(*)

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                            Core    True
    Hole     From     To   length   Width    Assay       Cut Assay   Depth(*)
    No.       (m)     (m)    (m)     (m)  (gAu/tonne)  (60gAu/tonne)   (m)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-203  188.40  190.11   1.71   1.61       0.87         0.87       600
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    EU-204  235.40  237.50   2.10   1.61       5.17         5.17       700
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    EU-205  297.80  300.50   2.70   2.34      55.52        30.04       800
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    (*) Locations are preliminary and subject to final surveying
    

    Mineralization at the Eagle River mine is characterized by subvertically
dipping, east-west striking, laminated quartz veins hosted in a sheared quartz
diorite stock.
    These results are significant because they extend known mineralization in
the 811 Zone at least 100 metres east of previously defined limits and 300
metres below previously defined limits. Please refer to Figures 1 and 2 below.
Drilling continues as part of an aggressive program designed to provide
clarity on resource potential and enable long term mine planning.
    The Eagle River mine has been in commercial production since January 1,
1996 and to date has produced 760,000 ounces of gold from 2.5 million tonnes
milled.
    All assays are performed at the Eagle River mine assay office by fire
assay on 25 gram sample aliquots. Duplicates, replicates, blanks and standards
are inserted in each assay batch to monitor quality control. George Mannard,
P.Geo. and Vice-President, Exploration is the Qualified Person responsible for
the technical results in this press release as per National Instrument 43-101.

    Wesdome is an established Canadian gold producer with wholly-owned mining
and milling complexes located in Wawa, Ontario and Val d'Or, Québec. Wesdome
has been producing gold continually for 20 years on an unhedged basis and to
date has produced in excess of 1.0 million ounces. The Company has 99.71
million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol "WDO".

    This news release contains "forward-looking information" which may
include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future
financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects. Often, but
not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words
such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates",
"forecasts", "intends", "anticipates", or "believes" or variations (including
negative variations) of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions,
events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur
or be achieved. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained herein are
made as of the date of this press release and the Company disclaims any
obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of
new information, future events or results or otherwise. There can be no
assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update
forward-looking statements if circumstances, management's estimates or
opinions should change, except as required by securities legislation.
Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Rowland Uloth, President, or Donovan Pollitt,
P.Eng., VP Corporate Development, 8 King St. East, Suite 1305, Toronto, ON,
M5C 1B5, Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX, Phone: (416) 360-3743, Fax: (416)
360-7620, Email: invest@wesdome.com, Website: www.wesdome.com

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