TORONTO, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Northquest Ltd. (TSXV: NQ) (FWB-N3Q) ("Northquest" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the 2013 exploration program has commenced at the Pistol Bay Gold Project, Nunavut, Canada. The Pistol Bay Project consists of 845 square kilometres of staked claims covering a 90 kilometre strike length of the Pistol Bay Trend which is a west-trending series of surface gold occurrences and gold zones intersected in drill holes by Northquest in 2011 and 2012. The Pistol Bay Trend is a newly recognized trend parallel to, and 80 kilometres south of, the Meliadine Trend of gold deposits, owned by Agnico Eagle Mines, which reportedly contains 3.0 million ounces of gold reserves, plus 2.2 million ounces indicated and 2.9 million ounces inferred ( http://www.agnico-eagle.com). Since the initial field operations commenced in April 2011, the Company has completed two airborne geophysical surveys and 7,097 metres of diamond drilling in 39 drill holes and has obtained economically interesting drilling intersections at the Sako, Vickers, and Bazooka targets which occur over a 20 kilometre long segment of the Pistol Bay Trend. The best drilling intersection to date from the property is in drill hole PB-12-22 from the Vickers Target which intersected 156.48 metres grading 8.23 grams gold per tonne. In June and early July, 2013, Northquest commissioned the construction of a winterized camp facility which is now complete and suitable for year-round drilling operations. Northquest geological personnel occupied the camp on July 6th and have commenced exploration. The exploration program this year will have four main objectives, viz.: i) to complete additional drilling of the Vickers Main Zone (also known as the V1 Zone) which was intersected in 14 drill holes in 2012, ii) to drill the first holes testing the V2 Zone which is 200 metres south of the V1 Zone, iii) to complete surface exploration and validation of ten targets in the eastern half of the property that were defined in a high resolution heli-mag survey completed in October 2012, and iv) to complete the initial reconnaissance and prospecting of the western half of the property. Approximately 2,000 metres of drilling is planned. It is expected that drilling will commence in mid-July and that the first drilling results will be announced sometime in August. The surface exploration and reconnaissance work will commence immediately and will be complete in approximately 8 weeks. The results of that work will be released when the work is complete and the assays have been received and verified.