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