It was during 1910, when the Cedar Lake Prospect was undergoing extensive explorations by a prospector who staked claim EB 26. As the staking was made he had additionally started his own surveying method that was said to have been completed by 1911. By this time another claim known as TR3187 became also leased in 1915, and was shortly after survey by H.G Watkins by 1916. It was reported that this historical surveyor had also started on examining a large amount of iron that was discovered near Temagami Lake. Most of this examination had occurred because Mr. Watkins was on a mission to find rich iron for war related materials that became establish at a high price. After coming across the material he was looking for, the surveyor/prospector had made the first shipment of Iron Pyrites from Claim TR3187 in 1916. It was during this time period when the Rand Syndicate was incorporated to further commence operations by conducting open cuts on this iron deposit. Some more statements on this location had stated that this iron discovery was made within Strathy Township and was located at a distance of three quarters of a mile south of Cedar Lake.
The Cedar Lake Nickel Prospect was later being re-examined by the National Mines, Limited who had staked this property in 1918. This staking had resulted in further explorations when trenching and 400 feet of diamond drilling was completed from January, to March 1919. Most of this exploratory procedure was being done on claims T.R. 1623 and T.R. 3448, wihin Strathy Township of the Temagami area. For the most part it was rather reported that these claims were located at a distance of one mile south of Cedar Lake. Drilling and trenching which was undertaken was rather reported to have contained chalcopyrite, pyrrhotite, and a little pentlandite and gold. At the time it was also stated that one of these claims were owned by Mr. Fallahay, and Walters, and the other claim was owned by Mr. Cook. No other work was reported to have been done on the property at the time as it became abandoned.
Statements on the geology portion had rather explained that the Cedar Lake Nickel Deposit is known to occur at the southwest corner of claims T.R. 1623 and T.R. 3187. Other statements had stated that this deposit area is rather situated at a north end of an intrusion of serpentine, with latter being three quarter of a mile long, and of oval outline. The ore-body within the Cedar Lake Nickel Deposits is commonly known to occur at the north of the intrusion on a neck of serpentine which protrudes northward from the main mass of rock. This ore body is commonly known to occur on a low hill that situated west of the pond, and is stained by a brown colour by the Gossan that covers it. Much of the Gossan is commonly known to be made up of iron oxides, which the decomposition products of the sulphides composing the ore-body. Other reports on the Gossan covered area had stated that it had a length of about 300 feet in a north-south direction by a width of 12 feet in an east and west direction. In addition to this, this Gossan is known to be wholly covered by the serpentine, although a small amount of serpentine is known to occur in the banded cherty rocks in the Keewatin on the east of claims T.R. 1623. The mineral which made up this ore-body are known to included pyrrhotite, copper pyrite, and pentlandite, which is known to be a nickel bearing material. and carrying 22% Nickle (Ni). Examinations of this area had also revealed that the sulphides are rather uniformly disseminated through the serpentine, and the ore-body. More conclusion on the sulphide deposit had stated that this nickle bearing ore is known to resemble the disseminated ore at the Alexo Nickel Deposit near Porcupine. Although more statements on this deposit had stated that the sulphide are rather much smaller than that at the Alexo NIckle Mine. Most of this geological deposit area is also made up of disseminated ore with a few irregular veins of pure sulhpides that are less than a food wide, and cut through the disseminated ore. At the time it was also stated that these small veins were rather rich in material, but have no economic significance because they were to narrow for profitable work. Grab Samples which were taken from different section of this deposit area had rather assayed
1.0% Nickel (NI) and 0.52% Copper (Cu) which was taken from the low grade disseminated ore. Another sample taken on the high-graded disseminated ore had rather resulted in assays of 6.54% Nickle (Ni) and 6.40 Copper (Cu).
Development within the early part of the 1900, was focus on developing an east and west shaft to explore the deposit further. This had resulted in sinking the west shaft near the boundary of claim T.R. 3187, and the east shaft on the east boundary of claim T.R. 1623. Both of these shafts were reported to have been full of water at the time of inspections in 1919. Further statements on the geology portion had stated that the rocks on the dump were entirely serpentine. It was also stated that the dump material from shaft T.R. 1623 was not gossan stained and had contained little ore, while the dump from the other shaft was gossan stained. By that time it was also reported that very little mineralization had occurred in the serpentine, except for the north of the serpentine intrusion. Development which was undertaken on the property had rather consisted of over a dozen buildings, and a winter road was built from Cedar Lake South to the deposit, at a distance of 1 mile. This was also the property that was owned by the National Nickle, Ltd. in 1918, which resulted in developing this possible extension to the Kanichee Mine Ore-bodies.
The property was later transferred over to Caniptau Mines, Ltd, who had commenced their own exploration work. At the time it was reported that Caniptau Mines had additionaly staked eleven claims within the Strathy Township Area of Temagami, Ontario, Canada. These historical claims became registered as EB. 26, T.R 3187, and TRT 2448, 4310, 4311, 4369, 4390,4371, 4381, and 5954. With these staking made it was rather reported that this whole entire claim block had comprised of 440 acres of land for continuous explorations. This was undertaken by a further explorations when Ground Megnetometer surveying, and six diamond drill hole became drilven, and totaled 1,492 feet in length in 1932. The company at the time rather had its own capitalization of $3,000,000 in shares at $1 par value, in which 1,795,505 shares were issued. It was also reported that the directors of the company were B.W Watkins as president, E.P. Muntz as vice president, and Walter G. Watkins as secretary.
1933 - Caniptau Mines, Limited
Development in 1933, resulted in the sinking of a shaft that was sunk to a depth of 115 feet below the surface. As this development became completed, it was also stated that a 9 by 16 foot station was cut on the 100 foot level. Diamond drilling during that time period of operating had amounted to six surface diamond drill holes, totalling 1,250 feet in length. Following the construction of much need buildings it was also stated that a road was cut out to Goward for a distance of 3 miles, which became known as Caniptau Mine Road. At the time it was also reported that the company had held a total of 20 claims within Strathy Township. Power which was provided to the mining operation was taken from a newly installed steam plant in order to carry on underground work.
1934 - Cuniptau Mines, Limited.
Shaft sinking at the Cuniptau Mine had continued onward as the two compartment shaft was sunken to a depth of 240 feet. This had rather resulted in cutting and stationing two levels at depths of 100 and 225 feet below the surface. Drifting and crosscutting during this time period had amounted 1,372 feet, and 55 feet of raising was completed. Some more changes were made when a 50 ton blast furnace was add and kept in operation to treat the green ore. Employment during that year was rather reported to have amounted to 40 employees that were hired by Caniptua Mines, Limited
1935 - Cuniptau Mines, Limited
A small amount of ore was reportedly tested in the 50 ton blast furance which resulted in satisfactory concentrates. It was also in 1935, when the company had mainly confined it self to conducting further surface explorations with a force of 10 miners. By this time the company had started raising funds in November, 1935, as it needed to purchase concentrating, and converter equipment, and to carry on further underground work.
1936 - Cuniptau Mines, Limited
The property which was formerly known as Caniptua Mine had rather comprised of 64 claims, totalling 2,360 acres in Strathy Township, within the District of Nipissing. Prior to getting operation going, it was reported that the smelter was rebuilt in order to test the possibilities of making a suitable matte from the ore. Most of this became accomplish by using the ore from the dump and underground development/mining. Lateral development which was undertaken in 1936, had resulted in 369 feet of drifting, 30 feet of crosscutting, and 276 feet of raising. Diamond drilling which was undertaken that year had amounted to 602 feet of durface diamond drilling, and 3,956 feet from underground drilling. From this development it was also stated that 3,878 tons of ore and 1,243 tons of waste was hoisted from underground, The reconstruction of the smelter had started in March, with mining starting in May, and milling in July, 1935. Smelting operations at the Cuniptau Mine Site had continued treating the ore from July to October of that year.
1937 - Ontario Nickle Corporation
The Ontario Nickle Corpoeation was rather incorporated on Dcember, 1936, with an authorized capitalization of 6,000,000 shares at $1 par value. For the most part it became reported that the company had acquired the Cuniptau Nickle Propery for $15,000 from Cuniptau Mines, Limited. It was rather stated that further explorations were carried out on the Caniptau Mine that resulted in 957 feet of surface diamond drilling, and 2,628 feet of underground diamond drilling. Most of this exploratory work had commenced from January, 1 to July, 15, 1937.
1947 - Trebor Mines, Limited
By 1947, it was rather reported that Trebor Mines, Limited had staked a large area of land that included the former Cuniptau Mine Property. Other statements from the company had also stated that the property at the time was acquired from the Ontario Nickle Mines, Ltd, and the Timagami Gold Mines, Ltd. The main mine manager during that time period was commonly identified as T.H. Janes, who reported that a magnetometer survey was carried out on the property. It was soon indicated that a very high anomaly had indicated a north trending magnetic area that wasn't located to far from the Cuniptau Mine Shaft. A company geologist by the name of T.J. Randall had also commence further follow ups on this anomaly within 1948. This follow up procedure was followed by geological mapping, magnetometer, and geophysical surveying that was done on five claims. It was also at this point in time when the explration project was contracted out to the Geo-Technical Development Company, Limited. Much of this exploratory work had soon indicated six strong anomalies within the five claims that were being further evaluated. For the most part, it was also reported that Trebor Mines, Limited was incorporated on January, 1947, with a capitilization of 3,500,000 shares at $1 par value, which 2,510,005 were issued
1949 - Trebor Mines, Limited
Diamond drilling that was done in 1949, had amounted 132 to surface holes, totalling 38,857 feet in length. For the most part it became stated that mining operation during that year were mainly confined to the rehabilitation of several buildings. Most of the building which were under reconstruction had mainly been confined to the office, cookery, and staff house, 2 bunk houses, a bungalow, and 2 shops.. A total of six employees became employed under the direction of G.H. Dumont as the mine manager. This company and mining operation were known to have also been controled by K.H. Rockey, who was the company president.
Mr. Rukeyser himself had also performed further explorations on the Kanichee Mine in 1950, when the geologist had started on another diamond drilling program. This whole entire program had now completed 38,857 feet of diamond drilling that was taken from 120 holes within this claimed area. A sub-contractor known as Falconbridge Nickel Mines Limited had also performed another Magnetometer survey. During this time he also had underwent a whole new phase that was aimed at testing the ore within the shaft. Before any of this was to be completed, the company would need to first dewater the Cunipitau Shaft. Once the shaft was officially dewater the company and its geologist would end up testing the ore within the two levels. Indications from these testing's had indicated three positive production zones that were marked as A, E, and S. These historical reserves were estimated to contain a whopping 4,873,000 tons of ore that valued at $22,885,000. A huge amount of Bulk Sampling was also shipped from the mine to the Department of Mines, in Ottawa, and to the Nepheline Products Company for testing purposes. The results from the testing's would soon indicate that a high silver and gold ore reserve was uncovered by the prospector and the geology team. By the end of 1949, the Trebor Mines Limited would process more than 5,000,000 tons of ore that came from this mining zone.
Another historical change was made when the Ajax Minerals Limited had acquired the property in 1961. Company officials had also decided to hire George H Dunmont who was an old engineer for the Trebor Mines Limited. He additionally had witnessed the discovery that was outlined in the diamond drilling program within 1949 and 50. Soon enough the property was once again being increased in size as it had now comprised of 15 mining claims, that totaled 582.73 acres of land in Strathy Township.
Some more changes had soon taken place when the h Kanichee Mining Company had now taken full ownership of this claim with Jack Koza Limited Joint Venture, and the Quebec Mines Limited. These three companies had soon commence further development on the property that included a brand new 500 ton Milling Facility. Many different testing procedures would indicate a high grade Nickel Copper Matte processing phase that was considered to be easily processed. Nevertheless, the company did also report that they experience some problems when it came to the Talc Flotation mixture with the copper matte. A large amount of Nickel concentrate was also present within this flotation phase. Several large diamond drilling phase became also achieved throughout the whole entire property, that totalled 165 diamond drill holes. It was also reported the Ajax Minerals would get to be apart of the whole entire picture as they demanded for a new 500 tons mill within these mineral rights.Mining operations at the Kanichee Mine had officaily commenced in 1974, and would continue until 1976, when Falconbridge Nickle Mines, Ltd had stop purchasing the concentrate due to decreasing nickle prices. The total amount of ore that was taken from the workings was not accounted for as it didn't become reported. Work at the time was mainly being focus on low grade reserves that had assayed
Some major changes became made in 1976, when Jack Koza Limited, who was a private company, had decided to fold on this project. During this time period, the former open-cut was rather developed into a large size open pit but production from this area was not reported to the Government. Kanichee Mining Incorporated had also made changes when it had went through its own receivership in late 1976, and the former Ajax Minerals Limited became dissolved on February, 14, 1978. Some small scale exploration work was also performed by the Northern Platinum Ltd in 1987.
Northern Platinum Ltd - Claim Lease EB 26, T.R 3187, TRT 3448, 4310, 4311,4369, 4370, 4371, 4381, 5953, 5954, 5955, 5956,6763, 6773
G.H. Dumont, P.Eng., calculated the ore reserves in 1961, from his experience as resident engineer at the Trebor Mine during the major diamond drilling program carried out during the late 1948-1950 period, from his experience as resident engineer at the Trebor Mine during the major diamond drilling program carried out during the late 1948-1950 period,
Shaft S Ore-Body - 369,000 tonnes grading 0.89% copper, and 0.53% Nickel, with a minor amount of PGM and Cobalt Content.
The A Ore-Body- 735,000 tonnes, grading 0.45 % Copper, and 0.26% Nickel
South A Extention - 3,764,000, grading 0.32% copper, and 0.19% Nickel
E zone North of the shaft - 547,000 tonnes, grading, 0.29% copper, and 0.19% Nickel
Ore Reserve Total - 5,416,000 tonnes
John C. Dumbrille, P.ENG, had calculated the ore reserve in the shaft area in February, 1966 as followed
Shaft Ore Zone - 900,000 tonnes grading 0.61% copper, and 0.37% Nickel with minor amounts of PGM, and Cobalt Content.
D.G. Wahl, P.Eng., calculated the ore reserves in June 1972 for Jack Koza Limited and did a feasibility report for the proposed Kanichee Mining-Jack Koza Limited joint venture. Wahl calculated the recoverable ore in the shaft area as follows
Shaft Ore Body - 373,863 tonnes, grading 0.79% copper, and 0.44% Nickel. with 37,789 cubic yards of overburden.and 427,920 tonnes of wet waste.
A ore-body, 55,513 tonnes grading. 0.50% copper, and 0.28% nickel with 12,893 cubic yards of overburden and 91,280 tonnes to be stockpiled.
JohnC. Dumbrille evaluated the Ajax Mines (Trebor Mines) property in Strathy Township on February 9, 1966 and concluded that 900,000 tons of medium to low grade ore out crops at the bedrock surface at the mine shaft sit was ready for open-pit mining. According to Dumbrille, this mineralization covers an area some 500 feet in north-south dimension to the 200-foot subsurface level. He submitted a grade of this proposed open-pit ore as
0.85% copper, 0.56% nickel, 0.03% cobalt, 0.01 ounces of gold, 0.17 ounces of silver, 0.02% platinum, 0.03% palladium.
Dumbrille recommended the production of a concentrate of the mine site on a ratio of 11.5 ' l that would contain 6% copper and 3% nickel with 0.05 oz/ton PGM plus gold, silver and cobalt.
Northern Platinum, Limited. had continued its exploration program at the former producing Kanichee Mine in Strathy Township. It was in 1988 when the company was focus on searching for copper, nickle and platinum extensions, and down dips to the deposit. This was also followed by line-cutting, trenching, and conducting a 760 m diamond drilling program of the old ore-body, which identified new extensions to it. Drilling results from this program had outlined additional reserves of 249,250 tonnes grading 0.84% Copper (Cu), and 0.54% Nickle (Ni). This was rather considered as an addition to the previously defined reserves of 688,800 tons grading 0.46% Cu and 0.29% Ni. Further statements stated that the bulk of the ore is known to occur within a major shear zone cutting serpentinized periodotite of the Ajax Ultramafic Intrusion.
At the time it was also stated that the company had hired Sheridan Ltd in order to evaluate the company's 500 ton mill. Most of this evaluation was done in case Northern Platinum had wanted to commence production at the old Kanichee Mine Site. Other reports had stated that Northern Platinum had attentions in recovering platinum from the old tailing piles, which were supposedly rich
By 1988,lt was rather stated that Northern Platinum had completed a four year exploration program on the Kanichee Mine in Strathy Township. Stripping, trenching, diamond drilling and sampling had indicated a minor extension of copper, nickle, and platinum group bearing Ajax Ultramafic Intrusion. Most of the work in 1989, was mainly focus on the rehabilitation of the 500 ton per day concentration plant, and other mine facilities Some more installations were added when a 4.5 mesh cone crusher was installed with a new electrical motor.
Power at the time was upgraded by Ontario Hydro who had installed a power transmission line into the property. With the much needed power in place it became reported that Northern Platinum had dewatered the 25 m open pit, and scaled it. This resulted in the haulage of 10,000 tons of ore that was taken from the pit floor, and stockpiled near the mill. A trial ten ton bulk sample was reported to had been obtained from this stock pile which was shipped to Lakefield Research who underwent milling and metallurgical testing.Some more issues had occur with water supply when the 450 gallon per minute plant could not obtain a 75 gallon per minute source of water. Other statements from the company had reported that the original water line was removed for scrap several years after this company had started their own explorations on the Kanichee Mine Project. It was also at this point in time when the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources had ordered the removal of two bridges spanning causeways alone the mine access road for safety reasons. Much of this had rather resulted in temporary suspension of further developing this mining project at the time
For the most part its reported that Northern Platinum would end up purchasing 10% NPI interest in a 4 to 5 million ton near surface deposit of platinum metal, copper, and nickle. The company at the time could also earn 50% working interest by spending 1 million dollars in 4 years.
The Kanichee Nickel Property was later explored by Fleck Resources, Limited, who had underwent optioning agreements from one of the P. Sheridan's Companies in 1989. Primarily it was reported that the Kanichee Mine was a principle producer of copper, but nickle, platinum, and palladium occur in interesting quantities. By this time it was rather reported that Fleck Resources had initiated an exploration program for platinum,and a new grid was also cut on the property. For the most part it was also stated that Fleck Resource had planned for further surface diamond drilling when three holes, totalling 472 m became drilled, and two more were also completed.