Ostrander Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 209 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

cross country skiing


nature trips



bird watching



rails trails


wild flowers



over grown

This trail occupies the old Brantford, Norfolk and Port Burwell rail line built in the 1870's . It is in the process of being up graded to stone dust and proper gates with signage from Tillsonburg to Norwich . It will be a good example of Oxford County's commitment to trails !

no shade
11 months ago

Did this hike from Tillsonburg to Norwich. There is a road detour when you hit zedna line. You have to take a short jog to the left on zedna line and follow ninth rd for a good km before you get back on the trail. Once you get to Springford you are following an access road for a water line. There are multiple no trespassing signs when you access this section. The signs are put up by the county. There are multiple gates you have to climb over as they are preventing motorized vehicles from crossing. The best part of the hike is from Tillsonburg to Springford. The section from springford to norwich is a combination of woods and fields. It is wide enough for a vehicle to go down so there is no shade late morning or early afternoon.

Sun Aug 13 2017

The trail is not accessible from Norwich. Tried various points and farmers have blocked off trail. We picked the trail up in Springford and walked to Tillsonburg. This trail should not be promoted as a 17.5 km trail because of limited access. I will be addressing this concern with Oxford County and municipal councils. My advise is for others to bring this concern forward. For those planning to do this 17.5 km trek according to the map, it cannot be done at this time. How disappointing.

Sat Jun 03 2017

Awesome trail for hiking or biking. Gets a little confusing at one point but definitely one of the nicer trails to run.

Mon Mar 20 2017

This trail will be great when the town of Norwich finishes the section through town . On the northern section the farmers don't seem realize it's a trail and have plowed it up. Come on guys it's on the county's official trail maps . The southern section has been completed but someone keeps putting barb wire across the pedestrian access points . I believe that is illegal . So beware of these fencing issues and enjoy the finished sections as they are nicely graveled and straight with a mild grade . There is a great Chinese restaurant at the main intersection in Norwich . Good food reasonably priced . After a day on the trails it is a welcome meal . K

Sun Feb 19 2017

From Tillsonburg this trail follows the old Brantford , Norfolk and Port Burwell Railway bed . It does continue on all the way to Norwich as the county has a buried water main from Springford to Norwich . Some one keeps putting barbed wire at the pedestrian gates on some sections . I think that is illegal . There is a section outside Tillsonburg where adjoining land owners have been dumping garbage on the trail , nice . It is a great backpacking trail with enough distance and amenities along the way . Definitely worth checking out ! K

11 months ago

Tue Apr 11 2017