Vancouver, B.C. - October 12, 2011 - Westhaven Ventures Inc. (WHN-TSX:V) is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on its Shovelnose gold property, located approximately 30 km south of Merritt, British Columbia. The program will consist of approximately 800 metres (2600 feet) of diamond drilling on never before tested, high priority targets. Completion of the program is expected to be in early November.
The 800 metre drill program will test six to eight high priority targets ranging from depths of 75 metres to 150 metres. Drilling will focus on evaluating the Line 6 and MIK showings, where rock geochemical sampling of siliceous tuff-hosted epithermal-style quartz veins exposed within mechanized trenches have produced encouraging mineralized intervals, including: 20 metres of 0.8 grams-per-tonne (g/t) gold (Au), 16.0 metres of 1.4 g/t Au and 6.0 metres of 5.1 g/t Au. Drilling is being carried out by Foraco Drilling Ltd. of Kamloops, BC.
Shaun Pollard, Westhaven's CFO and Director stated, "We are excited to begin drilling on the Shovelnose gold property. Westhaven is well funded to aggressively advance exploration and assess the full potential of this highly prospective gold project.?
Sampling and Prospecting Follow Up
A second phase of prospecting and silt sampling has commenced to follow up a government Regional Geochemical Survey (RGS) silt sample that assayed 100 ppb gold and 2700ppb mercury. This sample is located approximately 9 kilometres to the northeast of MIK showing and adds a new exploration facet to the Shovelnose property. Approximately 25 silt samples will be taken to help delineate areas of interest on the newly acquired claims.
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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