Wesdome's 2008 Surface Drillng Identifies Multiple New Targets



    VAL D'OR, QC, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. is pleased to
release results of its 2008 surface drilling program. The program was
undertaken from barge-mounted drills on Lac DeMontigny between June and
November, 2008 and involved 51 holes totalling 25,097 metres. The purpose of
the program was to systematically test the Jacola Formation flanking the
Company's wholly-owned Kiena Mine Complex.
    The Jacola Formation is a member of the Malartic Group. It is comprised
of interlayered komatiites and tholeitic basalts which have been cut by
numerous minor sodic intrusions. Gold mineralization is spatially associated
with the sodic intrusions and occurs as shear and tension veins or albitized
quartz-carbonate +/- tourmaline veinlet stockworks with pyrite. The Jacola
Formation traverses the central portion of the Company's extensive Val d'Or
land position and is fault bound to the south by the Norbenite-Marban tectonic
zone, the main secondary or splay structure north of the Cadillac Break.
    The highlight of the program was the discovery of the Dubuisson Zone, a
new discovery located 3 kilometres east of the Kiena mine which has all the
hallmarks of a sizeable mineralized system. The zone has been traced for 500
metres, remains open at depth and along strike and includes the following
highlights as detailed in a previous press release dated November 24, 2008
(www.wesdome.com).

    
        (*)   4.45 gAu/tonne over 5.1 m

        (*)   6.82 gAu/tonne over 7.7 m

        (*)   6.92 gAu/tonne over 8.0 m

        (*)   8.75 gAu/tonne over 5.8 m

        (*)   4.25 gAu/tonne over 17.0 m

        (*)   7.35 gAu/tonne over 2.7 m

    Elsewhere, encouraging results were encountered in two areas, the
Northwest Sector and the Thompson River Area. In the Northwest Sector results
were highlighted by broad, low grade mineralized intervals in the Norbenite
shear, including:

        (*)   0.77 gAu/tonne over 26.2 m in hole S-497

        (*)   0.99 gAu/tonne over 37.5 m in hole S-501

    Higher grade intervals include:

        (*)   7.56 gAu/tonne over 2.1 m in hole S-511

        (*)   6.42 gAu/tonne over 1.0 m in hole S-508

        (*)   8.00 gAu/tonne over 1.0 m in hole S-492

        (*)   4.07 gAu/tonne over 5.0 m in hole S-520 and

        (*)   84.70 gAu/tonne over 1.0 m in hole S-520

        (*)   30.75 gAu/tonne over 0.9 m in hole S-525

    Drilling in the Thompson River area encountered several promising
intersections which potentially represent strike extensions of mineralized
zones previously mined and explored underground at the Martin Mine and Zone 10
workings. Highlights include:

        (*)   9.61 gAu/tonne over 1.45m in hole S-513A

        (*)   7.49 gAu/tonne over 1.00 m in hole S-514

        (*)   42.59 gAu/tonne over 2.80 m in hole S-519
    

    A complete listing of the 2008 drill hole locations and significant
assays is appended. The attached map shows the location of assay highlights
relative to the Kiena Mine.
    In summary, the 2008 surface drilling program was successful in
identifying a significant new discovery at the Dubuisson Zone. The program
consisted of a broad sweep of the Jacola Formation which also identified
several occurrences which merit follow-up drilling in due course. The Company
intends to focus its 2009 exploration on delineating the size potential and
internal continuity of the new Dubuisson discovery. Continued compilation work
will assess future priorities elsewhere on the substantial Val d'Or land
position.
    Technical information in this press release was compiled and verified by
Paul Arscott, P.Geo. and Chief Geologist, Kiena mine, and Marc Ducharme,
P.Geo. and Exploration Geologist in their capacity as "Qualified Persons" as
per National Instrument 43-101. Assaying was done by fire assay methods at the
Kiena mine assay office. In addition to internal duplicate, standards and
blanks, the geology department inserts blind standards and blanks into the
sample stream at a frequency of one in twenty to monitor quality control.

    Wesdome is an established Canadian gold producer with wholly-owned mining
and milling complexes located in Wawa, Ontario and Val d'Or, Québec. It 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 99.68 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
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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.

    
    SURFACE 2008 DRILL HOLE LOCATIONS

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    Hole No    Easting UTM    Northing UTM      Azimuth      Dip      Depth
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     S488         285950        5336627           210        -50       498
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     S489         282757        5333774           230        -63       500
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     S490         282151        5334724           220        -50       510
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     S491         283528        5334289           214        -50       699
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     S492         281941        5334395           217        -51       500
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     S493         282206        5334177           209        -51       319
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     S493A        282109        5334017           212        -51       195
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     S494         284609        5334330           256        -52       601
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     S495         284399        5334284           259        -50       510
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S496         281150        5334642           211        -50       502
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S497         280474        5335825           209        -50       501
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     S498         280312        5335565           212        -51       500
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     S499         283527        5334289           214        -61       494
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     S500         280542        5335561           206        -50       500
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     S501         280710        5335823           211        -50       501
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S502         280941        5335816           209        -50       504
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S503         283869        5334952           210        -53       590
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     S504         281170        5335807           211        -50       554
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     S505         285801        5334452           217        -53       503
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     S506         281841        5335749           203        -50       501
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     S507         285283        5334753           213        -53       501
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     S508         281586        5335336           212        -51       601
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     S509         286290        5333950           213        -50       176
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     S509A        286290        5333950           213        -55       476
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     S511         281423        5335455           210        -50       593
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     S512         281632        5335792           210        -52       501
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     S513         286192        5332897           180        -50       192
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     S513A        286192        5332897           179        -55       533
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     S514         285771        5332830           178        -53       507
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S515         282099        5335795           206        -50       681
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     S516         282395        5335539           211        -60       698
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     S517         286032        5332742           180        -51       501
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     S518         281398        5335800           207        -50       548
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     S519         285190        5332047           210        -50       507
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     S520         280251        5335846           204        -50       576
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     S521         285018        5331769           210        -55       129
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     S521A        285023        5331779           214        -55       498
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     S525         280504        5335867           207        -75       525
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     S526         285446        5334647           208        -50       433
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     S527         286152        5333541           215        -61       485
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     S528         286019        5333709           210        -50       501
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     S529         286233        5333483           210        -50       467
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     S530         286284        5333564           213        -52       558
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     S531         286378        5333530           209        -57       507
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     S532         286316        5333430           206        -51       522
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     S533         286454        5333461           209        -50       525
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     S534         286402        5333374           217        -55       598
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    SIGNIFICANT INTERSECTIONS

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                                 Core
      Hole     From      To     length    Assay(xx)
       No.   (metres) (metres) (metres)  (gAu/tonne)  Remarks
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      S488                                            No significant assays
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      S489                                            No significant assays
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      S490                                            No significant assays
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      S491     367.5    370.0      2.5         5.23
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S492     290.0    291.0      1.0         8.00
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               354.5    360.5      6.0         0.49
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S493                                            Abandoned
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S493A                                           No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S494                                            No significant assays
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      S495                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S496     238.0    239.0      1.0         2.81
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               342.0    350.3      8.3         0.41
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S497     159.3    185.5     26.2         0.77
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               214.3    230.1     15.8         0.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               480.7    481.7      1.0         4.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S498     229.0    230.0      1.0         4.50
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S499                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S500                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S501     249.5    301.5     37.5         0.99
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S502     463.0    469.5      6.5         1.26
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               480.0    481.5      1.5         3.65
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S503     131.0    132.0      1.0         8.96
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S504     206.0    215.5      9.5         0.30
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S505     223.0    225.0      2.0         1.46
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               234.0    238.0      4.0         1.62
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S506     140.0    150.0     10.0         0.26
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S507(*)   321.9    322.5      0.6        21.22
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               347.9    348.5      0.6        12.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S508     239.0    240.0      1.0         6.24
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S509      75.6     84.0      8.4         0.41   Abandoned
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S509A                                           No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S510(*)   243.4    244.6      1.2         7.92
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               324.5    331.8      7.3         0.65
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               409.9    410.4      0.5         8.42
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               419.1    420.9      1.8         5.92
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               433.0    437.0      4.0         1.62
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               450.0    455.1      5.1         4.45
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S511      48.0     49.0      1.0         3.90
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               109.0    113.7      4.7         1.44
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               233.0    235.1      2.1         7.56
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               550.9    552.1      1.2         2.55
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S512                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S513                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S513A    46.55     48.0     1.45         9.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S514     452.0    453.0      1.0         3.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               456.0    457.0      1.0        14.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               468.0    469.0      1.0         7.49
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S515     544.8    550.8      6.0         0.56
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S516                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S517                                            No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S518     111.0    112.0      1.0         4.56
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S519     345.0    347.8      2.8         9.12   42.59g/t uncut
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including  346.0   346.85     0.85        25.69   135.95g/t uncut
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S520     416.0    421.0      5.0         4.07
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including  416.0    419.0      3.0         6.31
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      84.70g/t uncut, more
               511.0    512.0      1.0        34.28   assays pending
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S521                                            Abandoned
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S521A                                           No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S522(*)    70.9     74.3      3.4         2.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S523(*)   110.0    111.6      1.6         3.77
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               129.9    137.0      7.1         0.79
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               149.0    160.9     11.9         0.44
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S524(*)   357.3    365.0      7.7         6.82
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               380.5    382.0      1.5         3.22
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S525     412.0    412.9      0.9        30.75   More assays pending
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
      S526                                            Assays pending
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S527(*)   239.0    245.0      6.0         1.37
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S528(*)                                          No significant assays
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S529(*)    57.0     65.0      8.0         6.92
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including   57.0     61.0      4.0        11.99
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               226.0    231.0      5.0         1.68
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               237.0    240.6      3.6         2.36
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               244.0    254.0     10.0         1.36
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               257.2    260.0      2.8         3.04
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               309.0    314.8      5.8         7.33   8.75g/t uncut
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S530(*)   412.0    424.0     12.0         0.92
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S531(*)   329.0    346.0     17.0         4.25
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    including  329.0    334.0      5.0         7.15
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
       and     344.0    346.0      2.0        13.79
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S532(*)   111.0    117.3      6.3         3.61
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               124.0    129.0      5.0         2.41
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S533(*)    86.0     87.0      1.0         9.25
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               175.0    177.7      2.7         7.35
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
               217.8    221.4      3.6         2.17
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     S534(*)                                          No significant assays
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    (*)  Dubuisson Discovery. Previously released - see press release dated
         November 24, 2008.
    (xx) High Assays cut to 34.28 gAu/tonne
    

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For further information:

For further information: Rowland Uloth, President; 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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