Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

January 15, 2007 16:28 ET

Strongbow Exploration Inc.: Exploration Update, Skoonka Creek Property, British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 15, 2007) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) has received the final assay results for the 2006 autumn drilling program on its 51% owned Skoonka Creek gold property within the Spences Bridge gold belt (SBGB) in southwestern British Columbia. The six hole, 2,000 m program tested the down dip extension of the JJ prospect, an interpreted shallowly eroded low sulphidation epithermal quartz vein system. Gold values returned from the drilling program ranged from 0.3 g/t Au to 6.1 g/t Au over widths ranging from 1.56 m to 20.27 m. The mineralized zone typically consists of moderate to strongly clay and silica altered andesitic volcanic rocks and is well defined by the results of an IP geophysical survey completed in September 2006, prior to the drilling program.

The twenty-nine exploration drill holes completed on the JJ prospect since October 2005 have traced gold mineralization over a 700 m strike length and to a depth of 250 m down dip from surface. Mineralization is defined by a broad zone of clay altered tuffaceous andesite, ranging from 5 m to 40 m in thickness, that typically grades from 0.1 to 1.0 g/t gold. Higher gold grades (greater than 5 g/t Au) are always associated with the development of banded quartz veins. Epithermal quartz veins ranging from 0.1 m to 1.5 m in width are typically located within less permeable, more competent host rocks and possibly show a correlation with intersecting structures or zones of dilation. A 20-25 cm well developed quartz vein was encountered in the final two drill holes from the current program. Drill holes SC-031 and SC-032, collared at the same set up and azimuth, returned assays of 16.3 g/t Au over 0.23 m and 17.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m, respectively at depths of 120 m and 130 m down dip from surface. The vein was encountered 175 m along strike to the west of highlight drill hole SC-008 that had previously returned 20.2 g/t Au over 12.8 m. The vein remains open down dip and along strike and indicates that well developed epithermal veins are located at depth within the JJ area.

Based on the exploration drilling, bedrock mapping, and prospecting work completed to date, the best gold mineralization on the Skoonka Creek property appears to be associated with the following characteristics:

- Well developed epithermal quartz veins

- Competent (i.e. less permeable) host rocks

- Elevated pathfinder element (As, Hg, Mo, Sb) concentrations

- Elevated silver concentrations (although silver to gold ratios can be erratic)

- East-west trending structures at the intersection of secondary structures and/or within dilational zones

- Late (post mineralization) feldspar porphyry dikes

Furthermore, the Company's technical team has defined an important stratigraphic marker that could have important controls on gold mineralization. Planning is currently underway on a 2007 exploration program that will utilize these characteristics to identify areas where exploration should be focused. Exploration of the Skoonka Creek property is conducted under a joint venture arrangement with Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX:AMM)(AMEX:AAU) and under the supervision of David Gale, P.Geo.(BC), Vice-President of Exploration for Strongbow and a qualified person under NI 43-101. A quality assurance/quality control program is in place, with the insertion of standard, blank and field duplicate samples into the sample stream. All samples from the drilling program were split with one half the core submitted to Acme Analytical Laboratories of Vancouver, BC for analysis. All samples are analyzed by 36 element ICP-MS, with samples anomalous in gold (greater than 100 ppb) submitted for standard fire assay.


Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO

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