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May 27, 2018
Trans Canada Trail

Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg are partnering to extend the Trans Canada Trail

2018 work

Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg will be extending the Trans Canada Trail in Tillsonburg in 2018, from Tillson Ave. to Quarter Town Line along the former railway corridor. This will add 1.5 kilometres to the multi-use recreational trail completed in 2016 and 2017.

Grand opening ceremony - June 29, 2017

On June 29, Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg celebrated the grand opening of Oxford County’s newest recreational trail, connecting Tillsonburg with Norfolk County and completing a “missing link” in the Trans Canada Trail system. The newly constructed multi-use trail spans 27 kilometers along an abandoned railway corridor, from Tillsonburg through Norwich Township and then on-road into Norfolk County where it connects to the Delhi Rail Trail.

Construction Update - Summer, 2016

Oxford County constructed part of the Trans Canada Trail extension between Zenda Line and Base Line in NorwichTownship. The work included brushing, grading of existing ballast material and placement of limestone screenings as well as the installation of gates at the road access points.

Here is a look at a section of the trail that was completed last year:

Trans Canada Trail Extension Project Overview

Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg have partnered to develop approximately 27 kilometers of on and off-road trail between Tillsonburg and Norfolk County.

The section to be developed is a missing link in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). When completed, the TCT will form one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails, stretching about 24,000 km and linking nearly 1,000 communities.

View map of proposed Trans Canada Trail extension.

Have your say

Click on the "Send a comment now!" button to submit your questions and/or comments to staff involved in the project.

Please note: discussion with individual land owners adjacent to the trail, regarding individual concerns, will be dealt with in a confidential manner, not in a public meeting. You can schedule a meeting by calling Oxford County Customer Service at 519-539-9800 or email


Funding the TCT project

Oxford County and Tillsonburg are partnering to take advantage of one-time funding opportunities to make this project a reality. Federal grants through the Trans Canada Trail and Pan-Am and Para Pan-Am Games legacy funding will cover 65% of the cost of the project. Oxford County and the Town of Tillsonburg would then split the remaining costs on an 85-15% basis.

Total project cost estimate: $870,000

Grant funding - $560,000

Trans Canada Trail - $310,000
Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Legacy Fund - $250,000

Municipal contributions - $310,000

County of Oxford (85%) - $263,500
Town of Tillsonburg (15%) - $46,500*
*Payment plan for Tillsonburg's contributions to be negotiated.

Funding for the project was approved by Oxford County Council in September 2015.**
Read the full report: Read Council Report PW 2015-53

**Trans Canada Trail announced an additional $50,000 in funding in September 2015.


Why build trails?

An expanded trail system offers economic, environmental and health benefits for communities. 

Health - The health benefits of trail systems are widely known. They create demand for active transportation and recreation options for a range of uses including walking, cycling, hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing and equestrian. Best of all, trails can be used by people of all ages, from families with young children to seniors.

Environment - Trails improve the quality of life in a community. They preserve green space and natural heritage while securing lands for protecting habitat for native plants and animals. A robust trail system opens up more opportunities for low carbon transportation. Trails also play a key role in promoting passive involvement in the natural environment around us.

Economy - Oxford County and Tillsonburg are strategically located at the crossroads of Ontario's major highways, which is a key strength in economic development. Our 100-kilometre trail system is also a transportation link. The pivotal location of this "missing link" in the Trans Canada Trail will connect our communities to other major centres, including Hamilton, Cambridge, Brantford, Port Dover, Waterford and Simcoe. Residents of these communities will be making use of the trails, creating tourism and recreation opportunities.

More information about the Trans Canada Trail.

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