Strongbow Exploration Inc.
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Strongbow Exploration Inc.

June 12, 2006 16:34 ET

Strongbow Exploration Inc.: Final Drill Results for the JJ and Discovery Zones at Skoonka Creek, British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - June 12, 2006) - Strongbow Exploration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SBW) announced today that final results have been received for the recent drilling program at the Skoonka Creek gold property in southern British Columbia. A total of fifteen drill holes (2,545 metres) were completed during the program, which was intended to follow up the results of initial exploration drilling conducted during the fall of 2005.

JJ Prospect

Twelve drill holes totaling 2,056 metres were completed at the JJ prospect, where 2005 drilling had returned locally significant gold grades within a low sulphidation epithermal vein system. The first five drill holes were previously reported to have successfully traced epithermal gold mineralization to a depth of 140 metres down dip (please see Strongbow news release #06-12, May 16, 2006). The remaining seven drill holes tested along strike from the JJ prospect, with all holes intersecting broad zones, ranging from 6.1 m to 27.8 m thick, of locally significant clay alteration associated with narrow quartz veins. Averaged gold grades across these zones range from 0.31 g/t gold to 1.33 g/t gold. Gold mineralization has now been encountered in all 23 holes completed at the JJ prospect, extending over a strike length of 750 m and to a depth of 140 m down dip. Mineralization remains open along strike and to depth. Mineralogical, textural and geochemical evidence continues to indicate that mineralization encountered to date represents the upper portions of a shallowly eroded epithermal system, with good potential to encounter more consistent and higher gold grades at greater depths.

Discovery Showing

The final three holes (490 m) of the program tested the Discovery gold showing, located approximately 3,500 metres northeast of the JJ prospect, at the northern edge of a broad multi-element soil geochemical anomaly that extends over a 1,500 metre by 2,000 metre area (the 'Discovery-Backburn trend'). The drilling was intended to test a low grade quartz breccia zone from which large chip samples collected in 2004 returned a weighted average gold grade of 0.38 g/t gold over 4.2 metres. The three drill holes (SC-024 through SC-026) were completed from two set-ups located 50 metres apart with each hole intersecting alteration and quartz breccia zones displaying epithermal vein textures typical of low sulphidation epithermal systems. Gold grades throughout these zones are very similar to the surface showing, with the three holes intersecting 11.33 m grading 0.36 g/t gold, 3.49 m grading 0.14 g/t gold, and 5.53 m grading 0.21 g/t gold, respectively. Further drilling of the Discovery showing is under consideration, pending the results of the summer field program.

Summer Field Program

A summer field program is well underway on the property. To date, a total of 1250 soil samples, 69 stream silt samples and 350 rock prospecting samples have been collected and detailed mapping of the property is approximately 65% complete. The bulk of the work completed so far has been conducted outside of the 2005 exploration area and the limited results received to date have identified a number of new prospective areas in the southern and northeastern parts of the property. Detailed follow up work has commenced within the Discovery-Backburn trend, focusing on the Gold Creek, Ember and Backburn gold in soil anomalies. The Backburn anomaly represents a robust 850 metre by 450 metre soil geochemical anomaly on the edge of the 2005 regional soil grid. Initial detailed prospecting in the Backburn area has identified a broad zone of chloritization and silicification coincident with the soil anomaly, including local occurrences of banded quartz breccias displaying epithermal textures. The program is planned to continue through to the end of September with the goal of developing a number of targets to the drill ready stage in anticipation of a 3,000 metre drilling program scheduled for the fall of 2006.

The 2006 exploration program at Skoonka Creek is being conducted 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 32 element ICP-AES, with samples anomalous in gold (greater than 100 ppb) submitted for standard fire assay. Strongbow is presently working to earn up to a 60% interest in the Skoonka Creek property from Almaden Minerals Ltd. (TSX:AMM) by incurring $4 million in exploration expenditures and making certain share issuances over a 6 year period.

STRONGBOW EXPLORATION INC.

Kenneth A. Armstrong, President and CEO


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