INVENTORY FILE NO.
NAME OF PROPERTY
1989-Hudson Bay Mining and
Smelting Co. Ltd.
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 3K6
The Callinan mine covers an area of 81 claims, which straddle
the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border and cover parts of the city of Flin Flon. The
zone consists of low-grade copper- and zinc-rich mineralized zones, carrying
fragmental volcanic material.
MINERALS OR PRODUCTS OF VALUE
Copper, gold, and silver.
EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Callinan Flin-Flon Mines Limited formed in June 1946, with the
discovery of the Callinan property. From 1945, until to the time at which
the company officially formed, 4574 m (15 000 ft.) of diamond drilling was
completed, with a further 3050 m (10 000 ft.) over the following year. By 1948,
considerable surface work had been completed including 13 400 m (44 000 ft.) of
diamond drilling. A gravimeter survey was completed (<1948) The exploration
was done in search for gold values, which were found to be “interesting”. At
this time, base metal possibilities were considered inconclusive.
1956, Callinan Flin-Flon Mines Limited changed it’s name to Consolidated
Callinan Flin-Flon Mines Limited.
Hudson Bay Exploration and
Development Company Limited (HBED) took a working option on the property in
1967. HBED agreed to spend $15 000 in exploration by August 31, 1968, $50 000 by
August 31, 1970, and if the company elected to exercise the option, they agreed
to spend $140 000 by August 31, 1977 or pay the difference to the new company
In 1976, H.B.M. & S drove an exploratory drift into the property
at the 1690 level, from the North Main shaft in the Flin Flon mine (See: Mind
No. 693). The 1.5 km drift took 3 years to complete (Northern Miner, January 2,
In 1988, H.B.M. & S made a joint agreement with Manitoba Mineral
Resources (MMR) to develop the property. H.B.M. & S would be the operator of
the project with a 51% interest, and covering a $18 million development cost, to
the 49% interest that MMR can earn on the investment of the remaining $9.7
million development costs. Callinan retained a 6.67% net profits interest
and received a 23 cents/tonne royalty on all ore produced. (Northern Miner,
March 21, 1988).
The deposit was only 915 m from the Flin Flon mine’s North
Main shaft, but the decision was made to access the mine through the South Main
shaft, 1.5 to 2.5 km to the south. Access for development, was made from the
1609, 2210, and 2750 levels. At this time, the property contained proven
reserves totalling 2.4 million tonnes (t), averaging 4% Zn, 1.5% Cu, 1.90g/t Au,
and 23 g/t Ag.
Callinan mine opened in 1990, at a production rate of
45 000 t/month. Shortly after opening, H.B.M. & S acquired MMR’s 49%
interest for $7.5 million (Winnipeg Free Press, March 17, 1989)
exploration drilling continued, and in 1993, a new ore-grade mineralization was
intersected near the North and South zones (See: Mind No. 1044)(Northern Miner,
March 7, 1994).
As of 2001, proven and probable reserves are 2.8 million t
averaging 1.2% Cu and 5.0% Zn (Canadian Mines Handbook, 2001-02).
Borland, J. 1988: Hudson Bay to mine Callinan ground in ’89;
Northern Miner, March 21, 1988.
Canadian Mines Handbook 2002: Hudson Bay
Mining and Smelting Company Limited; Canadian
Mines Handbook 2001-02, p.
Esposito, B., Prouse, D.E 1994: Exploration ’94 – Busy Manitoba
exploration scene; Northern
Miner, March 7 1994.
Northern Miner 1950:
Northern Miner, August 17, 1950.
Northern Miner 1989: Breaking new ground
Callinan; Northern Miner, January 2, 1989.
Winnipeg Free Press
1989: Province sells mine interest; Winnipeg Free Press, March 17, 1989.
Lucas, S.B., Weber, W. 1983: Bedrock Compilation Series OFR 2581, 63K
Geological Survey of Canada, geological map, scale 1: 250
Surveys and Mapping Branch, Ottawa 1981: Map 63 K/13, Flin Flon;
Surveys and Mapping
Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources,
geological map (3rd Edition), scale 1:50 000.