Temagami Ontario was rather being rapidly explored from the 1930 to the 1940s, then again from 1942 to 1958. Gold at the time was discovered by W,H Nickol, who had staked a group of 17 unpatented claim on the following locations. On the Eastern Side of Arcand Lake, Clement Township, and one or two claims on Manitou Lake. just east of the northern tip of Arcand Lake. Diamond drilling within this time period had consisted of three surface holes, totalling 765 feet in length. The whole entire geological formation that surrounded the northern tip of Arcand Lake was early Precambrian iron formations outcrops in massive bonaceous argillite.
1959 - Still staked by W.H Nickol
These stakings resulted in a quartz vein discovery on the eastern shoreline of Cucumber Lake. Explorations of this area had stated to have followed this vein for a distance of 210 feet by trenching. Diamond drilling at the time had consisted of one diamond drill hole, totalling 110. Results from the coe had only encountered porphyritic andesite.
More drilling was then taken place when 5 surface diamond drill holes were put down on another quartz vein, and totalled 208 feet in length. Examinations of this quart vein had determined it to have a width of 1 or 2 feet, and had strike about W 50 degrees E, and dipped to about 50 degrees to the north-west.
Another diamond drilling program of two surface holes, totalling 242 feet in length was completed on the iron formation. Assaying by Nickol has estimated that the magnetite content had its own grading of 15 to 30%. Further examinations on the property had discovered another showing on a hill to the east of Arcand Lake, which might of been referred as Turcotte Showing or mine by Miler in 1901. Samples, and assays are listed below.
Sample No. Trench No Width Description Assay (Gold Ounces per a tonne)
112 3 30 inches Quartz -Sparse pyrite- minor oxide iron 0.29
113 3 10 inches Andesite-HW, Disseminated Pyrite 0.01
114 4 24 inches Andesite-HF, Disseminated Pyrite 0.12
115 4 22 inches Quartz minor pale pyrite 0.05
116 4 12 inches Andesite- HW, minor pyrite at contact 0.01
117 5 12 inches Andesite- HW, Quartz, Disseminater py 0.18
118 5 11 inches Quartz, trace pyrite 0.01
119 5 12 inches Andesite-HW, trace of pyrite 0.01
120 6 12 inches Andesite-Hw, oxidation 0.04
121 6 12 inches Quartz, trace of pyrite 1.76
122 6 12 inches Andecite- Hw, trace pyrite 0.05
123 7 6 inches Quartz, lightly oxidized 0.04
124 7 12 inches Andesite fractured, oxidized 0.01