Township of Beckwith

Proud of Our Past, Confident in Our Future"


Lilac Capital of Ontario
Set on the banks of beautiful Mississippi Lake, the historic hamlets of Ashton, Blacks Corners, Franktown and Prospect were settled over 200 years ago. The Beckwith Heritage Days event, heritage schoolhouse route and historic church tour illuminate Beckwith’s rich agricultural history.  Amidst farmers’ fields and forest, a network of trails and expansive recreational parkland is open to the public.  Beckwith Recreation Complex is located at 1319 9th Line Beckwith, and is the ideal entry point to walk the Goodwood Marsh Nature Trail, which links to the Beckwith trail network and the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT).

Make a Memory

  • Explore quiet country roads and see historic sites, churches, schoolhouses and cemeteries
  • Walk along the Goodwood Marsh Trail
  • Snap a photograph while wildlife viewing
  • Dine overlooking the scenic Mississippi Lake at Generations Inn
  • Taste a local lager by the micro-brewery at Ashton Station
  • Shop for all your fishing and cottage life needs at Baitcasters
  • Pick strawberries at Beckwith Berries
  • Play a round of golf at Beckwith Golf Club
  • Relax at Mahogany Salon & Spa
  • Plan your dream wedding at Stonefields Estate
  • Enjoy fishing and cottaging on Mississippi Lake
  • Canoe and kayak at Glen Isle on the Mississippi River, or paddle the Jock River
  • Bike the The Great Trail and the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail
  • Watch the teams compete while enjoying the splash pad and playground at Beckwith Recreation Complex
  • View the display of lights on the Beckwith Pioneer Village in December at Beckwith Park
  • Take in the Lilac Festival, Beckwith Heritage Days or the Lanark County Harvest Festival


Did you know? The weather Doppler radar station for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario is located in Franktown.


Beckwith Recreation Complex is comprised of 12 sports fields, a lit baseball diamond, lit softball diamond, outdoor multi-purpose artificial lit turf field, a batting cage, an arena, indoor turf building, team change rooms, a canteen and party room/ meeting room. 

History:  Named after Sir Thomas Sydney Beckwith (1772-1831) the Quarter Master for Canada between 1815 and 1823, the Township of Beckwith was surveyed in 1816 and settlement started around 1817 with approximately 27 land grants in activation.

By the 1860’s Beckwith’s population was up to 2,629 founding villages with schools, churches, blacksmith shops, cobblers, tailors, coopers, taverns, and general stores.

Beckwith’s population is now over 6,986 and a popular home for people commuting to work in Ottawa, operating a home-based businesses or agricultural property.

Signature Events:

Franktown Lilac Festival
Inhale the splendour of gorgeous Lilac Lane in Beckwith Township, the “Lilac Capital of Ontario.” The village of Franktown is renowned for its annual Lilac Festival, held 4th Saturday of May each year.

Beckwith Heritage Days
Celebrate Beckwith Township’s rich agricultural history at Beckwith Park, 1319 9thLine Beckwith on the 2nd Saturday of June each year. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, antique and modern machinery displays, petting farm & pony rides, livestock displays and demonstrations, a beach volleyball tournament, live entertainment, children’s entertainment, face painting, air bounce, a BBQ, craft market, and more!

Lanark County Harvest Festival
This outdoor celebration of local producers and their harvest features food seminars, live music, and children’s activities. This annual event supports more than 55 local businesses and six farmers’ markets.

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For more Beckwith Township Events and Information please visit

Beckwith Township
1702 9th Line Beckwith, 
Carleton Place ON K7H 3P2
Tel: 613-257-1539 / 1-800-535-4532