Vancouver, B.C. - September 27, 2011 - Westhaven Ventures Inc. (WHN-TSX:V) is pleased to announce that it has completed the first phase of work on its Shovelnose gold property, located approximately 30 km south of Merritt, British Columbia. Subsequently, the Company has staked an additional 5,287 hectares, bringing the total Shovelnose land package to 15,953 hectares.
Completed Work Program
The first phase of the work program on the Shovelnose Gold project was completed in early September. Approximately 1000 soil samples and 169 rock samples were taken, including trench samples from two new trenched areas at the Line 6 and Mik showings. An upgraded drill road was also completed in anticipation of the upcoming fall drill program. Soil and rock samples have been submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories in Vancouver, B.C., and results are not expected until mid October.
Several outcrops of silicified, lithic and ash tuff were discovered just off the current Shovelnose claim package on open ground, which has since been staked by Westhaven. The new zone is located approximately 10 kilometres to the southeast of the Line 6 and Mik showings. Further prospecting and geochemical sampling will be conducted in a second phase exploration program scheduled to begin shortly.
Additionally, geologists have identified a stream silt geochemical anomaly to the northeast of the property. The sample originally collected in 1981 (and reanalyzed in 1994) as part of a government Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS) assayed 100 ppbgold and 2700 ppb mercury. A work program, including prospecting and silt sampling has begun to follow-up this highly anomalous silt sample.
"The first phase of exploration at Shovelnose was a success for Westhaven having expanded the area of interest considerably through the aforementioned discoveries. We are eager to follow up these new discoveries with a second phase of exploration. In addition, final preparation has begun for an upcoming fall drill program on the Line 6 and MIK showings. A more detailed plan will be provided shortly.” stated Shaun Pollard, CFO and Director.
Shovelnose Gold Property Overview
The 15,953 ha Shovelnose gold property is a Au-Ag epithermal-style exploration target that covers prospective stratigraphy in the southern Spences Bridge Gold Belt (SBGB), a 110 km northwest-trending belt of felsic to intermediate volcanic rocks of the Cretaceous Spences Bridge group. Surface grab samples have returned values as high as 119.37 g/t Gold (Au) and 271 g/t Silver (Ag).
Westhaven is currently working to earn up to a 70% interest in the property from Strongbow Exploration Inc., a TSX-V listed company. Please refer to the Company’s Filing Statement dated June 27, 2011 for further information about the Company, the Qualifying Transaction and the Shovelnose property. A copy of the Filing Statement is available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com
On behalf of the Board of Directors
WESTHAVEN VENTURES INC.
Gareth Thomas, Director
About Westhaven Ventures Inc.
Westhaven Ventures Inc. is a resource focused exploration and development company that intends to generate shareholder value through its experience and analysis in the identification, acquisition and development of high caliber resource properties. Westhaven is advancing its Shovelnose gold project in British Columbia and reviewing several potential acquisitions. The Company has no debt and is well financed. Westhaven trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol WHN.
For further information, please contact Gareth Thomas at 604-681-5558 or visit Westhaven’s website at www.westhavenventures.com
Qualified Person Statement
Work on the Shovelnose property is supervised by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo (BC) Senior Geologist for APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, who is the qualified person for the project as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Raffle has reviewed the portion of the technical content of this news release as it relates to the Shovelnose property.
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