Marion Bridge (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Mhira) is a Canadian rural community in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
The community is named for the eponymous bridge that crosses the Mira River, Marion Bridge being approximately midway between the river’s source in Grand Mira and its discharge point at Mira Gut. The current concrete highway bridge was constructed in 1982 as a replacement for an older bridge, which collapsed after an accident involving a snow plow.
Marion Bridge was made famous through a popular song written by Allister MacGillivray. Allister MacGillvray’s often recorded anthem to the simple pleasures of rural life – “Out On The Mira” – has put Marion Bridge- (I’ll trade you ten of your cities for Marion Bridge and the pleasure it brings”)-into the international spotlight. In spite of all the publicity, Marion Bridge remains a quiet,unassuming community, and the Mira Gala remains a single, country-flavored festival that welcomes fomer residents and tourists alike to enjoy the concerts, dances and pageants of the two-week celebration.
Marion Bridge is located at the half-way point along the Mira River on Route 327.