History

We recognize that Lopez is part of the traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples and honor with gratitude their stewardship over generations of the land and sea. We commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of this precious landscape.

Our early economy relied on farming and fishing and eventually branched out to support seaman, boat builders, teachers, postal workers, artists and home builders.

Lopez remains unincorporated – our local governance is through our County Council.

While it is the least developed of the commercial islands, Lopez appeals to visitors who enjoy the pastoral setting and the opportunity to ‘unplug’. Tourism is now a substantial economic force in the community.   Visit our Historical Museum to learn more about Lopez and its many residents over the centuries.

For History Lovers