Trade Winds Ventures Completes Preliminary Metallurgical Study on Block A

Vancouver, BC, May 2, 2011 – Trade Winds Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: TWD, FSE: TVR) (“Trade Winds”) is pleased announce the results of a metallurgical study by SGS Minerals Services (“SGS”) on the Block A Joint Venture project (50% Trade Winds / 50% Detour Gold), located adjacent to Detour Gold’s Detour Lake gold project in northeastern Ontario. Trade Winds is currently the operator of the JV on Block A.

The study completed by SGS Minerals Services (“SGS”) of Lakefield, Ontario was designed and supervised by Mr. Andy Holloway, Senior Associate Process Engineer of Watts, Griffis and McOuat Limited (“WGM”). Results indicate excellent gold recoveries, ranging from 87.3% to 98.7%, using a standard gravity/cyanidation/carbon-in-pulp circuit (see table below). Three composite samples were prepared from diamond drill hole TWDDH253 (section 16460E) drilled in early 2010 near the centre of the deposit and submitted to SGS for a preliminary metallurgical study including grindability assessment (Bond ball mill work index), gravity separation and bottle roll cyanidation tests.

The Bond ball mill work index results varied from 9.0 to 10.2 kWh/t, indicating a low degree of hardness. Further testing will be required on a number of samples to adequately represent the deposit. Gravity gold recoveries were 72% for Composite 1, 20% for Composite 2, and 80% for Composite 3. With subsequent cyanidation of gravity tailings, the overall gold recovery ranged between 87% and 98.7%, depending on grind size and NaCN concentration. Bottle roll cyanidation tests were conducted at 8, 24, 32 and 48 hours intervals. The tests do conclude that higher overall gold recoveries can be achieved with the inclusion of a gravity circuit.

Further metallurgical and comminution work will be undertaken in 2011 along with detailed mineralogical studies to determine the nature of the gold.

CompositeHead GradeGravity recoveryGrind SizeNaCN ConcentrationCyanidation recovery (48h)Combined Gravity & Cyanidation recovery

g/t Au%K80 µmg/L%%

Composite 1 (47 kg)7.4271.5
Comp. 1 Sample 11080.589.096.9
Comp. 1 Sample 2750.592.998.0
Comp. 1 Sample 3620.593.998.3
Comp. 1 Sample 41080.3587.096.3
Comp. 1 Sample 51080.6587.696.5

Composite 2 (28.9 kg)0.6820.1
Comp. 2 Sample 11160.585.488.3
Comp. 2 Sample 2880.589.091.2
Comp. 2 Sample 3720.589.191.3
Comp. 2 Sample 41160.3584.387.5
Comp. 2 Sample 51160.6584.187.3
CompositeHead GradeGravity recoveryGrind SizeNaCN ConcentrationCyanidation recovery (48h)Combined Gravity & Cyanidation recovery

g/t Au%K80 µmg/L%%

Composite 3 (40.4 kg)1.6380.4
Comp. 3 Sample 11060.582.696.6
Comp. 3 Sample 2660.591.498.3
Comp. 3 Sample 3530.593.698.7
Comp. 3 Sample 41060.3582.496.6
Comp. 3 Sample 51060.6581.496.4

Trade Winds Ventures Inc. has been named to the 2011 TSX Venture 50, a ranking of strong performing companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange. The 2011 TSX Venture 50 is comprised of ten companies from each of five sectors; Clean Technology, Mining, Oil & Gas, Diversified Industries, and Technology & Life Sciences. The 2011 TSX Venture 50 companies were chosen based on the following criteria, with equal weighting assigned to each: share price appreciation, trading volume, market capitalization growth and analyst coverage. TSX Venture 50 is a trade-mark of TSX Inc. and is used under license.

The material in this news release has been approved by Mr. Andy Holloway of WGM and by Stephen Wallace, P.Geo, Senior VP Exploration of Trade Winds, both Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101.
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Information Concerning Estimates of Mineral Resources
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