Why we love Muir…
There’s an interesting story behind this humble community. A village within Burford Township, it was presumably named for the Muir family that settled there from Scotland, UK.
John and Diana Muir and their son Robert settled in Burford in the year 1834 and made a successfully livelihood as farmers. In The History of the County of Brant, Ontario by J.H. Beers & Co, Beers writes about Robert Muir saying, “he (was) a self-read man, having received a limited education in the primitive schools of a new country, often going four miles to school and frequently encountering wild animals on the way.” Despite this limitation, Robert became a contractor, helping to construct the Great Western Railway of Canada and the Hamilton to London plank road.
He was later appointed as one of the area’s first local politicians, all the while leading the local militia. He went on to become a writer and a historian, publishing his own history book called “The Early Political and Military History of Burford,” the first half describing Burford’s political history and the second detailing historic military operations.
On a drive through Muir you’ll enjoy the beautiful views of rural Ontario. Muir’s Van Straten Bakery supplies grocery stores around the country with freshly baked goods like almond filled shortbread and their famous slab cakes!
Fun fact: As if his story wasn’t interesting enough, Robert Muir also made time to travel all over the world. He once traveled to New Zealand on a boat which subsequently caught fire! He survived to tell the tale.