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News 2006

Vancouver B.C. - Christopher James Gold Corp. (the “Company”) has commenced drilling on the Betty claims adjoining its Craigmont Copper Project, located 18 kilometres west of Merritt, B.C.

The Craigmont Mine, which produced 37 million tons of ore with an average grade of 1.28% copper up to its closure in 1982, has not been systematically explored since that time.  The program will consist initially of a single deep hole, to target the contact of the unit which hosted the skarn-type mineralization at Craigmont, with the intrusive responsible for the mineralization.

Company President, Dr. Max Baker, commented: “It is a rare opportunity to have a mine with substantial past production that has not been systematically explored over the past 20 years or so.  In addition, we are fortunate to have the assistance of Cliff Rennie, the former Chief Geologist of the Mine, to locate the drill hole and supervise the program.”

The Betty Claims - Craigmont Copper Project

The drilling plan on the Betty claims consists of one deep vertical diamond drill hole (CJG06-01), three kilometres (“km”) west of the historic Craigmont copper mine.  The hole will test for skarn mineralization near the contact between the limestone unit that hosted the Craigmont mine and the Guichon Creek Batholith.  The limestone has been traced by historic diamond drill holes and outcrop for five km through the Craigmont property to the west boundary of the Betty claims, but has not been drilled below 1250 metres (“m”) (4000 ft.) elevation in the western portion.

Hole CJG06-01 is located between two previous drill holes, where the structure has been re-interpreted to dip steeply between these holes - similar to the structures in the mine area.  Information gathered from the hole will facilitate the planning of further deep drilling.  If sufficient mineralization is found, the project could be developed through the re-opening of the old underground workings.

The five Betty claims comprise 16 units contiguous to the Craigmont claims, mineral leases, and fee simple surface rights.  The Company has the right to earn an undivided 50% interest in the Betty claims pursuant to a Mineral Property Option Agreement (see April 20, 2005 News Release) with Bluerock Resources Ltd. (formerly Better Resources Ltd.).

The Craigmont mine was developed by Placer Development Limited in the 1950s and ‘60s by open pit and three underground adits at 1067 m (3500 ft.), 933 m (3060 ft.), with the mill elevation at 732 m (2400 ft.).  The mine milled 36 million ton of 1.3 % copper from 1961 to 1981.  Original reserves (non NI 43-101 compliant) were 1.8 % to 2.00 % copper but were diluted by the inclusion of low grade ore from the open pit, and by the highly diluting sub-level caving underground mining method.  A vertical hole through the No.1 ore body averaged 4.4% copper over 195m (640 ft.) and a hole across the No.2 ore body averaged 6.0% copper over 36.6 m (120 ft.).

Other Matters

Separately, the Company expresses its appreciation to Brian Groves who has stepped down as a director for personal reasons.  Mr. Groves served as a director of the Company since October 2004 and provided able technical and business counsel to the Company during his tenure.

The Company also reports that it has withdrawn from the Valle Grande Project, in Argentina, having concluded its initial exploration and review of the project.  As announced December 15, 2005, the Company had the right to earn up to a 60% interest in the project.

Quality Assurance and Control

This news release was prepared under the supervision of Dr. Max Baker, PhD, the Company’s President and a “qualified person”, as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) of the Canadian Securities Administrators.

About Christopher James Gold Corp.

Christopher James Gold Corp. is a Canadian mineral exploration company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange, under the symbol “CJG”.

The Company holds interests in a large portfolio of gold projects in British Columbia, Nevada and Mexico:

  • Most notably, it has the exclusive option to acquire 100% of Guardsmen Resources Inc., a private company that owns a number of highly-prospective properties in the Toodoggone mining district in northern British Columbia, including the high-grade Ranch gold and copper project.
  • In Durango State, Mexico, the Company has an option to acquire up to a 65% interest in Chesapeake Gold Corp.’s Cucaracha Dorada gold project.  A 2,500m drill program is slated for commencement in February, 2007.
  • In Nevada, the Company is currently conducting first-phase exploration under option on the Olympic-Sun and Cedar Mountain gold and silver projects.  The South Omco-Wash area will be drill tested in December, 2006.
  • In southern British Columbia, it owns 100% of the copper and gold rights to the historic Craigmont mine, as well as the Brassie Creek, Big Kidd, and Portage Lake gold properties.

The Company has assembled a strong management team with extensive experience in project generation and development, a proven track record of exploration capital fund-raising, and extensive international alliances.

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Christopher James Gold Corp.
Dr. Max Baker, President

Christopher James Gold Corp.
Dr. Max Baker, President
John Glanville, Investor Relations
Tel: 604 408 8829

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