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The History of Paldi:

The community of Paldi is located eleven kilometers northwest of Duncan, and was known as Mayo for about the first thirty years.

When Mayo Singh Manhas was seventeen years old and living in the
village of Paldi in Punjab, India, he heard that in Canada there were many opportunities for a young man. His older brother and cousins had already immigrated to Canada.

In late 1906 he arrived in
Canada and started to work as a lumber stacker at the sawmill near Abbottsford. In 1916, with his experience and knowledge of lumber business, he and his relatives leased a sawmill at Rosedale near Chilliwack. It is proved to be a successful, and by 1917 they had bought their own mill at Strawberry Hill near New Westminster

Wanting to make a fresh start in a new location, he came to
Vancouver Island. He acquired the defunct Island Lumber Co., which was located in the CowichanValley. He moved machinery and equipment to the site, which became Paldi. A camp was established, and logging operations were begun. In 1918 Mayo Singh invited three Japanese men, with whom he had worked in Chilliwack, to come to Paldi to work for him.

As the lumber industry expanded, so did the community continued to grow. It became a mixed community of East Indians, Japanese, Chinese and Caucasians, but only the Japanese men had their families with them. Not until the late 1920’s did East Indian families begin to arrive. By that time there was a mill, a company store, bunkhouses for workers and housing for families. A school had been established in 1921 and in that same year the second Sikh temple on Vancouver Island was constructed in Paldi (the first had been built in
Victoria in 1912). A Japanese temple was eventually constructed as well. East Indian and Japanese children would attend language classes at their respective temples after school. The community contented to grow steadily, even through the great depression, and in spite of the fact that the mill temporarily close down from 1931-1933. At its peak, Paldi had a population capable of supporting it’s own high school.

With the advent of W.W.II all Japanese were evacuated from the coast. May Singh closed down the sawmill in Paldi from 1945-46 but continued to operate two others. Once the war had ended, Japanese families gradually began to return to Paldi. Over the years, the East Indian community tried to preserve Sikh culture in Paldi. Mayo Singh died in 1955. His contribution to the
CowichanValley was not only the establishment of a flourishing lumber industry, but included generous donations to hospitals and schools.



81 Cowichan Lake Road
  (250) 749-6000

Sandy Stinson

Pat Duringer

Elaine McGinn

Brad Bergen
(250) 701-1502(Cell)


            Read the Book 
        “UBO Remembered”
Now released
             Contact the
    Kaatza Historical Society 
              for your copy

   Community has evolved from
    a mill town in 1942 - 1968
          to what is now a
         nice quiet place to
   live and get away from it all.

         If you like walking trails,
   you’ll find them here in abundance. 
          Commune with nature
         as you make your way
           through the forests or
      stroll along the sandy beach.


 New housing units are being
planned along with a mall type area

RE/MAX understands that building
great neighbourhoods  starts with
caring and supporting local

communities making a profound
difference in everyday lives.
That’s why we put our hearts,
our dollars and our efforts behind
worthwhile charities, 
   Right here at home

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