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).

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.


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