Hemlo Explorers Completes Option for the Wire Lake Project

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA


TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hemlo Explorers Inc. (the “Company”) (TSXV: HMLO) is pleased to announce the completion of the option agreement (the "Option Agreement") with All-Terrain Track Sales & Services Ltd. (the "Vendor") to acquire a 100% interest in 245 mineral claim cells located 15 kilometres northeast of Marathon, Ontario, and generally referred to as the "Wire Lake Project”. As per the terms of the Option Agreement, the Company will grant the Vendor a 2.0% net smelter return ("NSR") royalty. The royalty agreement provides that one-half of the 2.0% NSR royalty may be bought back by the Company for a lump sum payment of $1,000,000. The Company now controls 100% of the Wire Lake Project subject to the 2.0% NSR.

The Wire Lake Project

The Wire Lake Project (“Project”) consists of 245 claim cells covering approximately 4,047 hectares that are located in the Hemlo Greenstone Belt (Figure 1). The Project lies 29 kilometres northwest of the Hemlo Gold Mine operated by Barrick Gold Corporation and 40 kilometres to the southeast of past producing base metal mines near Manitouwadge.

Gold was first discovered on the property in 1985 and subsequent exploration programs successfully encountered gold mineralization over a 2.7-kilometre strike length through surface sampling and shallow diamond drilling. Gold mineralization at Wire Lake is associated with a highly altered, mineralized, and sheared zone of deformation known by previous work as the Wire Lake Shear Zone. Historical drilling of the shear zone began in 1987 and continued sporadically until 1994 (88 drillholes totalling 12,551.86 metres), after which the property remained dormant due to legal issues which were resolved prior to entering into the Option Agreement. The Company completed shallow diamond drilling in 2017 (3,069 metres in 22 holes) and 2018 (977 metres in 5 holes). The average vertical depth of drilling to date is less than 150 m. Drill hole collar locations are shown in Figure 2 and significant drill intersections greater than 0.5 g/t gold from the 2017 and 2018 drill programs are summarized in Table 1.

The Company is working to digitally compile, validate and interpret all the historical information, including in excess of 16,500 metres of diamond drilling, the results from which will be used in targeting areas for future exploration in 2022. Historical drill holes, stored in Timmins, Ontario, will be interpreted and incorporated into a 3D Leapfrog© drillhole geological model. Potential road access routes are currently being investigated. A 52-kms line cutting and soil sampling program is being assessed to better define parallel shear trends to the NE and SW of the main Wire Lake Shear Zone (Figure 3), both of which have had limited testing.

Brian Howlett, CEO of Hemlo Explorers, commented, “Management is very excited to resume exploration of one of our key assets, the Wire Lake Project. All of the near-term activities are in anticipation of a comprehensive 2022 drill program. This upcoming program really highlights the strength of the overall Hemlo Explorers project package as Wire Lake is only a small part of the larger Pic River Project of 24,000 hectares. We look forward to updating the market as we progress.”

Figure #1 – Wire Lake Project Location Map 
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Figure #2 – Wire Lake Project Drill Hole Collar Plan Map with 2017 IP Grid
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Table 1: Wire Lake Project 2017 and 2018 Significant Drill Hole Intersections

Hole IDFrom (m)To (m)Intersection
Width

(m)
Au
(g/t)
17018.3027.0018.702.66
including20.4026.506.106.41
including20.4025.304.907.56
including21.8023.301.5021.41
     
170214.4027.4013.001.35
including16.4018.902.502.30
including23.0027.404.401.92
     
 and36.4047.0010.601.62
including36.4041.405.002.66
     
 and55.6061.405.800.72
     
170521.5039.9018.401.06
including35.0039.904.901.96
     
170631.6036.805.200.62
     
 and41.0048.107.101.25
including43.1545.602.452.06
     
170793.50102.609.100.73
     
 and117.00119.002.000.63
     
 and122.00129.007.001.17
including126.00128.002.002.51
     
and 140.00144.004.000.54
     
1708188.50193.004.500.55
     
1710155.20166.5011.300.53
     
 and187.30193.005.702.23
including188.80192.003.203.62
     
1711108.50111.252.750.58
     
and 127.00133.006.001.72
including130.00132.002.003.70
     
 and155.00166.0011.000.78
including161.00165.004.001.39
     
 and170.00173.403.402.42
including172.40173.401.006.23
     
 and175.70187.4011.702.28
including180.40185.405.004.22
     
1712123.35125.602.250.68
     
171369.8072.853.055.32
     
and 74.1588.6014.450.64
including76.3078.201.901.22
     
 and105.05106.651.600.63
     
17153.9020.5016.600.88
including5.007.002.002.48
including11.0013.102.101.64
     
 and27.8044.0016.200.61
including33.6535.652.001.47
     
17166.4015.008.600.88
including11.5014.002.501.97
     
 and22.0036.0014.001.13
including28.0035.007.001.79
     
 and48.7056.007.300.85
including51.0054.003.001.23
     
and 59.4064.705.300.69
     
1717150.00153.003.000.59
     
 and168.60172.904.300.76
     
 and244.30249.305.000.51
     
 and266.50270.504.000.57
     
171815.1021.506.401.18
including17.6019.401.802.62
     
 and26.0029.103.100.75
     
171922.1030.007.901.14
 including25.6527.501.852.37
     
 and33.4046.2012.801.33
including36.2042.456.251.96
     
and 56.9059.903.001.76
     
and87.0090.103.100.65
     
172051.0069.0018.001.35
including60.2068.007.802.52
     
172167.3073.706.401.38
including68.3070.302.002.81
     
 and79.5099.0019.501.15
including94.0098.004.002.11
     
1826262.00265.003.001.74
     
 and272.20279.006.801.54
including274.00278.004.002.23
     
 and298.00300.002.001.32
     

Note: Assay results reported over intersection length. Additional drilling is required to estimate the true width of the mineralized structures.

Figure #3 – Wire Lake Project Grab Sample Plan Map with Planned Grids Covering NE and SW Parallel Shear Zones
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Technical Information

Mr. Adrian Bray, P.Geo., Exploration Manager for the Company, is the “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, responsible for the accuracy of technical information contained in this news release.

About Hemlo Explorers Inc.

Hemlo Explorers is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company with a portfolio of properties in Ontario and Nunavut. We are focused on generating shareholder value through the advancement of our main Hemlo area projects, including the North Limb, Pic and Hemlo West.

For more information please contact:

Brian Howlett, President & CEO
Hemlo Explorers Inc.
brian@hemloexplorers.ca 
(647) 227-3035
http://www.hemloexplorers.ca

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information set forth in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, exploration results, potential mineralization, statements relating to mineral resources, and the Company’s plans with respect to the exploration and development of its properties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the control of Hemlo Explorers Inc., including, but not limited to, the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, risks associated with the uncertainty of exploration results and estimates, currency fluctuations, dependency upon regulatory approvals, the uncertainty of obtaining additional financing, exploration risk and Covid-19 pandemic related orders. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. 


Figure #1 – Wire Lake Project Location Map Figure #2 – Wire Lake Project Drill Hole Collar Plan Map with 2017 IP Grid Figure #3 – Wire Lake Project Grab Sample Plan Map with Planned Grids Covering NE and SW Parallel Shear Zones