Township of Beckwith

Proud of Our Past, Confident in Our Future"


The rural municipality of Beckwith Township is set on the banks of beautiful Mississippi Lake. Settled over 200 years ago, hamlets such as Ashton, Blacks Corners, Franktown and Prospect still exist today. The Beckwith Heritage Days event, heritage schoolhouse route and historic church tour demonstrate its rich history, while the network of trails and expansive recreational park offer space for sports and outdoors. Beckwith Park 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. Located at 1319 9th Line Beckwith, you will find ample parking to walk the Goodwood marsh nature trail, which links to the Beckwith trail network.

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:

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 the Township Website.

Beckwith Township
1702 9th Line Beckwith, R.R. #2
Carleton Place ON K7H 3P2
Tel: 613-257-1539 / 1-800-535-4532