ABOUT THE TOWNSHIP OF BECKWITH
The Township of Beckwith boasts 243.09 square kilometres of land mass. By December 2006, the population in Beckwith Township had grown to 6,387 full-time residents. Our residents do enjoy easy commutes to centres such as Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Perth and Carleton Place.
The Township includes the Mississippi Lake and River, the Jock River, fertile farmland, wide open spaces, forests, well-planned subdivisions, protected wetlands and historical hamlets. The Township was once considered as a possible site for the Nation's capital. This historical significance rests on the importance of Franktown as the mid-way point between Ottawa and the military establishment in Perth during the initial settlement of Lanark County. Villages and hamlets within the Township include Ashton, Blacks Corners, Franktown, Gillies Corners, Prospect, and Scotch Corners.
From 1991 to 1996, the population in Beckwith Township has increased by 20.4% in an orderly and efficient manner according to our Official Plan. This ensures that residents continue to enjoy the rural atmosphere of our beautiful community. Many of our residents have their cottages and summer homes along the Mississippi Lake which provides easy access for summer recreation such as boating, camping, hiking, and great bicycle tours.
Commercial and industrial ventures are as diverse and productive as the natural landscape. Lanark County is the maple syrup capital of Ontario and Beckwith partakes in the season's harvest. We boast approximately 100 commercial businesses within the Township, and have a progressive by-law which encourages home based small business to settle within the Township.
Beckwith Township enjoys the services and amenities of the Town of Carleton Place for the northern part of our community and Smiths Falls for those in the south. We are also only 20 minutes away from Ottawa travelling east, or Perth if you are travelling west.
Whether you are looking for residential or commercial opportunities, historical Beckwith Township can meet and exceed your dreams. We would love to welcome you as our new neighbour. Every season offers diverse beauty and abundant activities.