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Anybody keen on a Canadian adventure? Top mining and exploration stocks for 2023

Jan 15, 2024

Canada has nearly twice as many resource companies as the ASX, and many are going gangbusters. Here are the year's best performers.

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The TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) and the TSX/V (V stands for ‘venture’) are fertile breeding grounds for mining and exploration stocks.

In fact, they are home to more resource companies – 40 per cent – than any other market in the world, including the ASX.

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The ASX has around 650 mining and exploration stocks.

On the TSX/TSXV that number is closer to 1200.

This is resources speccy heaven, unknown outside a few of the biggest names to most investors in Australia.

If you want to buy Canadian shares from Australia, you’ll need to sign up with a broker that has access to that market – simple as that.

Many licensed brokers in Australia have direct trading access to the TSX, and the process of opening an account is fairly quick and easy.

At the moment, brokers providing that service include CommSec, Westpac Trading, IG, Saxo Markets, and CMC Markets.

These brokers allow you to open CAD brokerage accounts, and you can practically trade on day one after funding your account.

Only 12 resources stocks on the ASX have made gains of more than 100 per cent year-to-date.

Meanwhile, the Canadians boast over 52 baggers, all coming from the TSX/V.

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The explorer formerly known as Hilo Mining recently inked a farm-in deal over five lithium and rare earths projects in Finland.

FIN can earn up to 80 per cent of these projects (or reservations), which cover a total area of 2,300 square kilometres.

Four of the reservations (Nabba, Lappajarvi W, Lappajarvi E and Kaatiala) lie immediately next to, and to the south of, Keliber Oy's advanced spodumene mine development project in the Kaustinen district.

Congratulations to our neighbour in Finland! - Stillwater lays foundation stone for Keliber lithium plant - Mining Magazine #Lithium#HardRock$FIN.V


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NOA listed on the TSXV in March at $0.30a share following a reverse takeover. All its projects are in the heart of the prolific Lithium Triangle, in the mining-friendly province of Salta, Argentina.

NOA now boasts one of the largest lithium brine claim portfolios in this region not owned by a producing company, with key positions on three prospective salars: Rio Grande, Arizaro and Salinas Grandes.

The flagship is Rio Grande, where drilling is now under way. It has also bolstered the size of Arizaro via acquisition of the Nevasca project, where surrounding explorers are having success.

Recently, Lithium Chile, adjacent to NOA's claims, drilled down to below 500m within a brine aquifer, intercepting grades up to 555mg/l lithium in brines.

Geophysical studies indicate the indicate the basement of the salar basin is below 600m, the company says.

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The stock formerly known as Allied Copper wants to become North America's first producer of lithium chemicals from oilfield brine using a Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) tech.

It will ostensibly look something like this:

It now has 4.3Mt of lithium (LCE) resources at the flagship Rainbow Lake property Alberta, Canada, at lithium concentrations as high as 121mg/L.

"The Inferred Mineral Resource equates to 215 times the estimated peak production of 20,000 tonnes per year, demonstrating the sheer size and scale of this lithium asset," VLT says.

Results from a pilot project – a smaller version of the real thing — are anticipated before the end of Q2/23, it says.


DLTA is hunting for giants with two main gold projects in Quebec and Ontario: Delta-1 and Delta-2.

Sitting in the same geological setting as Goldshore's Moss Lake 4.1Moz gold deposit, DLTA says Delta-1 was essentially untouched for two decades.

A cavalcade of thick, high grade drill intersections from the project since March have done wonders for the stock price.

Highlights from the emerging Eureka gold zone include:

There are all the ingredients here for a major gold deposit, the company says.

"These Bonanza grades at Delta-1 are very impressive but more important is the fact that we are doing large, 100 metre step outs and are still consistently hitting strong alteration with higher-grade gold segments hosted within a broader zone of low to moderate grade gold," president and CEO André Tessier said.

"This speaks to the strength of the mineralising system and the upside potential as our drilling progresses eastward into the larger ‘Deep Blue’ target area."

A new 5000m drilling campaign is now under way.


The silica play has a flagship in British Colombia called Tatooine (nice Star Wars reference), which is directly on trend and within the same high-purity quartzite unit as the past-producing Moberly mine, which produced high-purity silica grades of 99.67 per cent.

Tatooine includes a few historical mines itself including Brisco, which was actively mined in 1964 and 1990, producing 2450 tonnes and 60,000 tonnes, respectively.

Randomly selected samples from the Brisco pit assayed 98.66 per cent SiO2, 0.47 per cent Al2O3, 0.06 per cent Fe2O3 and 0.08 per cent CaO.

High purity silica sand is an in-demand commodity used for glassmaking and, increasingly, high tech products such as semiconductors, solar panels and electronics.

Silica is quickly becoming the go-to material for both solar technology and smart screen technology. With its ability to efficiently convert sunlight into energy and its remarkable durability and transparency, silica is leading the way toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Silica is quickly becoming the go-to material for both solar technology and smart screen technology. With its ability to efficiently convert sunlight into energy and its remarkable durability and transparency, silica is leading the way toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.


MSR has a two main projects in Argentina: Chita Valley (copper-moly-gold-silver) and La Rosita (gold-silver).

Chita Valley is a porphyry system with a current resource of 386 million pounds of copper (175,000t) which is subject to an earn in with mining giant South32 (ASX:S32).

S32 (50.1 per cent ownership) is spending C$9.1m this year to drill 21,700m to expand resource and test other targets.

So far, drilling has expanded the "Chinchillones" porphyry-epithermal system to 2km x 2km.

The zone is open to more than 850m depth, which was the limit of previous drilling equipment.

MSR recently announced its best drill hole to date from the target — 786m at 0.43 per cent Cu, 0.23g/t Au, 15.78g/t Ag from 456m to 1,242m (open at depth).

This includes a high grade 166.3m at 1.35 per cent Cu, 0.54g/t Au and 26.63g/t Ag.

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GLAD inked a deal late last year to acquire the historical Whitehorse copper project in the Yukon, where ~10Mt @ 1.5 per cent Cu was mined via open pit (1967-1971) and underground (1972-1982).

Whitehorse came with 30 known prospects within a 35km x 5km area, plus over 10,000m of unassayed core from previous exploration drilling.

In April, GLAD embarked on an (around) 3000m drilling program at the advanced Cowley Park target, which will lay the foundations for a future copper resource.

We're on location at the Cowley Park #copper prospect, preparing for our upcoming drill program. Beautiful conditions and great terrain!👉 Learn more about the historically producing, high-grade, near-surface Whitehorse Copper Project:$GLAD.V | $

Meanwhile, that old core is returning remarkable copper grades and widths at Cowley Park like 32.92m @ 2.08 per cent Cu from 73.76m (including: 8.11m @ 5.35 per cent Cu from 80.16m), plus 34.75m @ 0.94 per cent Cu from 117.65m in a single drillhole.

There are also juicy targets along the nearby Cub Trend, where old drilling pulled up numerous hits like 34.75m @ 1.65 per cent Cu from 8.84m; 3.47m @ 2.91 per cent Cu from 41.76m; and 74.98m @ 1.51 per cent Cu from surface.

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