The Township of Athens is located in the center of Leeds County, with a population of 2800, about thirty minutes north-west of Brockville on County Road 42. The Community hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Farmersville Steam Fair (July), Cornfest (August) and the Parade of Lights (December).
The Township of Athens is well known for its murals that grace the buildings within the Village of Athens. The northern shore of Charleston Lake, situated within the Township, provides wonderful opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming and picnicing at Sand Bay, a Leeds and Grenville Park. Also within the Township or close by is a golf course, snowmobile trails, cross county ski trails and ATV trails. Enjoy a walk or a bicycle ride along our peaceful country roads!
The Township has a rich history dating back to the early 1800s. The focal point to the Township is the historic Joshua Bates Centre, which was opened in 1905 by Sir Wilfred Laurier.
Historic sites of interest within the community range from historic churches and homes within the Village of Athens, to the northern shores of beautiful Charleston Lake, another old settlement within the Township of Athens. The pioneer family of Wiltse settled in the area, and their cemetery is located on County Road 5 just south of the Village.
Our Vision for the Future
As citizens of the Township of Athens, we envision our community growing through the unified efforts of our residents through our respectful use of our natural resources.
We will maintain quality education and a safe environment for our children and provide programs and services to engage both young people and seniors. By working together, we will make our community stronger.
New residents will be drawn to the Township of Athens by our rural values and commitment to our community. An influx of new residents will promote local business and economic growth. Responsible business development will create exciting opportunities and reduce financial burdens for families, organizations, businesses, and local government.
writeup partially contributed by John Conley, Twp of Athens Councillor