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New drilling results extend Gladiator zone length to over 4.5 km

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Global Mining Review,

Bonterra Resources Inc.’s (Bonterra) Gladiator mineralised trend has been extended to over 4.5 km as a result of new drill results, as well as new information gained through the Duke joint venture database. Drilling by Bonterra and by the previous owner of the Duke ground (Beaufield Resources Inc., now Osisko Mining Inc.) has resulted in Gladiator deposit extensions in both the east and west directions.

Drill hole BRS-17-11 was completed in 2017 by Beaufield in proximity to the Beaufield/Bonterra claim boundary, approximately 2 km northeast of the known Gladiator deposit extent. This drill hole crossed into Bonterra claims at approximately 300 m depth below surface and encountered a broadly altered and mineralised zone that was identical in characteristics to the Gladiator deposit including the presence of visible gold. The hole was logged and sampled by Beaufield; however, it was not reported to Bonterra and it is unclear whether assays were obtained at the time.  

Since the Duke option deal was ratified with Beaufield, Bonterra has been able to retrieve the core and resample it resulting in an intersection of 7.7 g/t over 3.0 m. Additional holes obtained from the Duke database, as well as new drilling completed by Bonterra have confirmed the extensions in both the east and west directions. Bonterra is now drilling follow-up holes in and near the Duke option southern boundaries as it is now earning in to 70% of this ground from Osisko Mining (see BTR news release dated 23 May 2018).

The Coliseum zone extension occurs 1 km southwest of the Gladiator deposit along a strike with 5.5 g/t Au over 3 m in a mineralised shear zone. The Titan zone extension has been discovered 2 km northeast of the

Gladiator deposit with results such as 7.5 g/ t Au over 3 m with visible gold hosted in a smoky quartz vein. The Titan zone is defined to date by five drill holes, four of them displaying visible gold. These two mineralised zones have structural and geological similarities to the Gladiator deposit and are on strike in both the east and west directions.

Historical drilling from previous operators were re-sampled based on current geological models and the results lead the team to the new discovery north east of the Gladiator deposit.

Two rigs are currently in operation to expand the footprint of the known mineralisation. The Titan zone and Coliseum zone remain open in all directions.

Nav Dhaliwal, President and CEO of Bonterra, stated: "Bonterra is consistently demonstrating the potential of gold discoveries on its land package in the Urban Barry Camp. The full potential of the Gladiator deposit and area can now be fully realised utilising the complete land package consisting of the Duke option together with the original Bonterra lands. The recent results show that Bonterra is not only controlling several known gold deposits but sits on a major gold bearing structure that has not been fully exploited yet."

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