N.W. Development Company
- Mineral exploration in the Red Lake area started in 1897 when the North West Development Company began its search on the shores of Slate Bay.
- Tragedy struck when the leader of the party, R.J. Gilbert was killed by a misfire from his own revolver. He had been stepping into a canoe when his revolver fell from its holster.
- The Party wrapped his body in canvas and paddled the 200 miles to Wabigoon Tank, returning to Slate Bay later that year.
- A shaft was sunk at the site but gold values diminished at depth and the party abandoned the site and returned south.