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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review



NTS 092K location map (click for index map).

Bute Inlet
NTS 092K


092L, 102I




Researched and compiled by: S.E. Dumais, G.J. Payie, G. Owsiacki, K.J. Mountjoy, J.M. Riddell

Release date: June 1989; Parts updated May 1997; Northwest part updated October 1999


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092K Map
Geological Legend
Master & Production Report
General Property File: 092K
ARIS Maps: 092KNE, NW, SE, SW


The Bute Inlet map area contains 162 recorded mineral occurrences and covers part of the south coastal mainland and adjacent islands and part of northeast Vancouver Island. The mainland and most of the islands lie within the Coast Crystalline belt. This area is notable for its narrow northwest trending belts of Paleozoic and/or Triassic metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks which are separated by broader areas of quartz diorite and granodiorite of the Mesozoic Coast Plutonic Complex. The Vancouver Island part of the map area lies within the Insular belt and is underlain primarily by Upper Triassic Vancouver Group rocks which are intruded by several large stocks of quartz diorite of the Jurassic Island Intrusions.


The map area is historically well known for many past producers, primarily on Quadra Island and the Phillips Arm area. Significant mineral occurrences in the Phillips Arm area comprise the Alexandria (092K 028), Enid-Julie (092K 024) and Doratha Morton (092K 023) past producers, which have received recent exploration activity. Precious metals occur in a quartz-veined and silicified shear zone along a contact between a band of metamorphosed rocks and the Coast Plutonic Complex.


The Coast Plutonic Complex hosts polymetallic quartz veins, porphyry copper-molybdenum mineralization and is known for its building stone and dimension stone potential. The Loughborough (092K 048) and Hope (092K 018) historically produced gold, silver and copper from quartz veins. The OK deposit (092K 008) hosts a possible resource of 68 million tonnes of 0.39 per cent copper and 0.02 per cent molybdenum. The Knight Inlet Granite quarry (092K 140) was opened in 1985 and has operated intermittently since.


The Upper Triassic Vancouver Group, consisting of Karmutsen Formation volcanic rocks and Quatsino Formation limestone, hosts skarn mineralization near contacts with Mesozoic intrusions, volcanogenic disseminated copper mineralization in pillow lavas, and hydrothermal veins. The Iron Mike (092K 002) and Lucky Jim (092K 043) past producers are skarn deposits and produced iron, copper, gold and silver. The Copper Road (092K 062) and Pomeroy deposits (092K 071, 072, 119) produced copper from disseminated and vein mineralization in pillow lavas.


Limestone quarries are widely distributed throughout Vancouver Group rocks, predominantly in the Quatsino Formation. Brucite occurs within zones in some limestones.


Exploration potential remains high in the map area.





Friedman, R.M. and Armstrong, R.L. (1995): Jurassic and Cretaceous geochronology of the
    southern Coast Belt, British Columbia, 49 to 51 degrees north, in Miller, D.M., and Busby, C., editors,
    Jurassic Magmatism and Tectonics of the North American Cordillera; Boulder, Colorado, Geological
    Society of America
Special Paper 299.

Hudson, R. (1997): A Field Guide to Gold, Gemstone and Mineral Sites of British Columbia, Vol. 1:
    Vancouver Island; Orca Book Publishers, pp. 175-180, 186-193.

Monger, J.W.H. (1991): Georgia Basin Project: Structural Evolution of Parts of Southern Insular and
    Southwestern Coast Belts, British Columbia; Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 91-1A, pages 219

Muller, J.E. and Jeletzky, J.A. (1970): Geology of the Upper Cretaceous Nanaimo Group, Vancouver
    Island and Gulf Islands, British Columbia; Geological Survey of Canada, Paper 69-25.

BC Geological Survey Publications for NTS 092K