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Acadian Gold to Commence Phase Two Drill Program on Bathurst Camp Gold Property.


Acadian Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:ADA) ("Acadian Gold") is pleased to announce that it intends to commence a second phase diamond drilling program on its Tetagouche gold property in the Bathurst Camp of New Brunswick. Drill hole targets recommended by the Company's consultants are based on past drilling results, trench information and induced polarization surveys.

The Tetagouche property is a new discovery made in 2003 for which two Bathurst prospectors, Lorenzo Noel and Claude Willett were awarded "the most significant new discovery of the year award" by the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources in 2003. Gold mineralized grab samples from altered mafic volcanics exposed in trenching ranged in grade between 1.37 g/t to 20.93 g/t gold. The first phase diamond drilling program outlined large alteration zones with extensive gold mineralization associated with intervals enriched in pyrite and arsenopyrite. Gold mineralized intervals include 52.5 metres grading 0.41 g/t gold, 13.6 metres grading 1.52 g/t gold and 4.60 metres grading 2.54 g/t gold. Individual samples from mineralized breccia returned grades as high as 7.40 g/t gold over 0.10 metres. For additional information see press releases December 11, 2003 and March 1, 2004.

A geophysical program comprising 22.2 line kilometres of magnetometer, VLF-EM and IP-Resistivity surveying centred on the discovery area successfully identified anomalous zones of interest. Of particular interest is a northeast trending, coincident chargeability high-resistivity high anomaly situated on the flank of a magnetic low and along strike of phase one drill holes, TP04-04, TP04-06 and TP04-09. The anomaly commences in the discovery area and increases in amplitude to the northeast where it has been traced for 200 metres and remains open.

Management believes that the extent of the gold mineralization encountered in what was a limited phase one drilling program demonstrates the potential of this new 10 km gold belt in the Bathurst camp. The drilling indicates the gold bearing envelope may exceed more than 52 metres in width, (hole TP02-04), and that the alteration zone should extend beyond the current work area within the 10 kilometre belt of favourable geology controlled by Acadian Gold. Results to date suggest that in addition to targeting higher grade gold mineralization similar to that discovered in earlier trenching, the property also demonstrates potential for large tonnage - low grade gold deposits.

Forest Hill

Acadian Gold is also pleased to announce that it has filed a final report with the regulatory bodies and on SEDAR on the updated and revised resource estimation for its Forest Hill project in Nova Scotia, effective November 3, 2004. The following resources were estimated by Michael P. Cullen, P.Geo., in accordance with National Instrument 43-101and in accordance with "Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Definition Guidelines".

Based on a 1.0 g/t cut-off and minimum 1.2 meter estimated true width, the Company is pleased to report an indicated resource of 104,055 ounces of gold (245,000 tonnes grading 13.21 g/t gold (uncut) plus an inferred resource of 245,373 ounces of gold (818,000 tonnes grading 9.33 g/t gold (uncut).

The indicated and inferred resource figures listed below primarily reflect drilling intercepts centred around the Teasdale Shaft in the central portion of the property and the 1400 E - 1900 E Ramp area located 400-900 metres to the east. The drilling program which was designed to both identify new gold mineralized shoots within stacked, sub-horizontal ribbon type trends as well as provide better definition of known gold mineralized shoots was successful as demonstrated by the increase in tonnages in the inferred category as well as the addition of initial tonnages in the indicated category. The identification of indicated resources at Forest Hill is considered noteworthy in that it represents a positive step forward in the continuing development of this advanced gold project. The updated and revised resource estimation is as follows:
Indicated Resources
Gold Grade Tonnes(a) Gold Grade Gold Ounces Gold Grade (g/t)
Threshold (g/t) (g/t) Uncut Uncut 50 g/t Cut
1.0 245,000 13.21 104,055 8.52
2.0 188,000 16.82 101,666 10.71
3.5 156,000 19.65 98,555 12.3

Inferred Resources(b)
Gold Grade Tonnes(a) Gold Grade Gold Ounces Gold Grade (g/t)
Threshold (g/t) (g/t) Uncut Uncut 50 g/t Cut
1.0 818,000 9.33 245,373 8.32
2.0 609,000 12.27 240,245 10.77
3.5 485,000 14.73 229,687 12.84

(a) Tonnages rounded

(b) The inferred resources are in addition to the indicated resources.

Management is very pleased with the progress being made with respect to building resources on the Company's advanced gold properties and looks forward to receiving an estimate from its consultants on Goldenville in January, 2005. The current overall resource for the Company's Forest Hill, Tangier and Beaver Dam properties is as follows.
Gold Resources - (Forest Hill & Gold Ounces Gold Ounces
Tangier - 1.0 g/t threshold, uncut; (uncut) (uncut)
Beaver Dam - 0.3g/t/3.0m threshold, uncut) ------------------------
 Measured Inferred(a)
Forest Hill 104,055 245,373
Tangier 51,804 167,370
Beaver Dam 100,407 332,100
Goldenville - estimate due late January, 2005
Totals to Date 256,266 744,843
(a)The inferred resources are in addition to the indicated resources.

The Company's objective is to identify sufficient gold resources in the near term on its four most advanced properties with a view to treatment in a central mill complex. These properties collectively have a large database base of 881 diamond drill holes totalling 121,324 metres and underground development including three ramps and two shafts.

Peter C. Webster, P. Geo., is responsible for the management and supervision of the Company's exploration program and is responsible for the preparation of the technical information reported in this news release. Mr. Webster is an independent third party geologist, President of Mercator Geological Services Limited and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

This news release includes statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbour for forward looking statements provisions contained in the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements may include statements, plans expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. The Company cautions that actual performance will be affected by a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, and that future events and results may vary substantially from what the Company currently foresees. Discussion of the various factors that may affect future results is contained in the Forward Looking Statements section of the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results in the Company's Annual Report for 2003 which is filed with the Ontario Securities Commission and SEDAR.

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