SOURCE: Trade Winds Ventures Inc.

September 27, 2007 08:00 ET

Trade Winds Commences Exploration Project on Its 100% Owned Treasure Mountain Copper Property Near Terrace, B.C.

TERRACE, BC--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - Trade Winds Ventures (TSX-V: TWD) (FRANKFURT: TVR) is pleased to announce the start of exploration on its 100% owned Treasure Mountain copper project. The Treasure Mountain property is located approximately 30 km by road due east of Terrace, B.C. The property hosts a copper mineralized belt of over 6 kilometres strike length. Historical grades are reported from several showings ranging from trace to over 10% copper with associated gold and silver values (non NI 43-101 compliant data).

During the 2006 field season, exploration work was centered on the "Purdex" showings at the southeastern end of the belt where at least three mineralized volcanic breccia beds were identified. The camp has been relocated to the northern end of the belt to facilitate access to northern mineralized zones which are the target of the 2007 exploration program.

Blasting of drilled outcrops is planned to expose both known and anticipated extensions of copper mineralization to delineate targets for next year's diamond drill program. For sampling purposes, short holes in the rock showings will be drilled and blasted to expose copper mineralization in the rocks below the zone of weathering and leaching.

New areas of copper mineralization were identified in the northern section in 2006 which will be included in the 2007 drilling and blasting program. Exploration will concentrate on exposing mineralization between the known showings to display the continuity of this long belt.

This belt is associated with the "redox" boundary in the Hazelton Volcanics. The redox boundary is where the green reduced condition marine basic lavas change upward to red bed terrestrial volcanic beds. Along the surface strike trace of this change in the volcanic breccia beds, copper mineralization occurs. The mineralization consists of bornite with chalcocite, and some secondary green copper minerals malachite, azurite, in the zone of weathering. There is occasional chalcopyrite and only traces of pyrite. At this early stage of exploration the closest analogies to this deposit type are the Kelly Creek and Sustut deposits. Both of these similar deposits are also hosted in Hazelton rocks.

About the Treasure Mountain Property

The Treasure Mountain camp was discovered around the turn of the last century when prospectors spread out over BC after the famous Cariboo Gold Rush. It is in a mountainous area with then difficult access. However, plans were for the northern transcontinental railway line to Prince Rupert to pass along the valley on the south side of the mountain so it was thought that access would soon be much improved. However, lobbying changed the route of the railway and the camp languished from then till a couple of years ago when the B.C. Ministry of Forests announced that bridges would be built across the Copper River to log areas adjacent to the camp. In recent years, an 18 kilometre road was constructed through the property for purposes of building a microwave tower nearby. Trade Winds has upgraded the road to facilitate the exploration of this promising property.

The early prospectors discovered veins of bornite, chalcocite, and some chalcopyrite with some historically reported copper grades in the order of several percent. Associated with these vertical veins are volcanic breccia beds and flows called "porphyry" in the old reports, which are mineralized with the same bornite and chalcocite with grades from trace to several percent copper. There is almost no pyrite in the rocks or associated with the mineralization so acid run off and environmental problems appear to be almost non-existent.

The combination of prior access difficulties and the apparent patchy manner of the copper mineralization hindered development for several years although most old reports said much more exploration would have taken place if not for the access problem.

The property is underlain by Hazelton Volcanics which carry a lot of copper mineralization in northern B.C. The break-through came last year when the newly available colour air photos were examined and it was found that the known copper occurrences were associated with the redox boundary change in the sequence of the lava flows as they changed from the lower marine basalt flows to the terrestrial flows and underwent a change from reducing marine conditions to oxidizing terrestrial conditions. The copper showings are clustered along the horizon of redox change. Finally, with this new knowledge, Trade Winds has a workable control to use in exploring the copper mineralization.

Mr. Alex Burton, P. Eng., P. Geo., is the qualified person for Trade Winds' projects at Treasure Mountain. Trade Winds, sole owner of the project, has implemented a quality control program to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of the mineralization. All assay results will be provided by ALS Chemex.

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