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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, Carp

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Enter Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, a museum located in a secret underground base. Built at the height of the Cold War as protection in case of nuclear warfare, the underground bunker has four floors, 300 rooms, and an area of 9,300 sq m (100,000 sq ft). It could withstand a nuclear blast of up to 5 megatons from 1.8 km (1.1 mi) away. Designed to ensure the continuation of government in the event of nuclear war, the site includes conference rooms, a bank vault, and an emergency broadcast studio. Take a tour of the refurbished facility, learning the history of the Continuity of Government plan and seeing a range of Cold War artifacts in situ across the large subterranean site. Use our Ottawa vacation builder to arrange your visit to Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum and other attractions in Ottawa.
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the bunker. Our guide was very interesting, patient and took all our questions. There is so much Canadian history that we learned about! I have gone on the tour twice...  more »
  • Most young people do not remember the nuclear drills in school. The Diefenbunker is a visit to an actual site that was to control the Canadian government in the event of total breakdown in talking. Th...  more »
  • The Diefenbunker is easily the best museum in the Ottawa area and one of the best in Canada. The massive underground cold war-era bunker is well maintained and restored, and is like a step back in tim...  more »
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  • Did the 12 man escape room here. We had reserved our spot 7 months prior and the wait was definitely worth it. Half the time you are running from room to room as you have to solve the puzzle within an hour. The host of the place was very helpful and provided very subtle tips in case we were stumped. Overall I would love to go here again.
  • Incredible, a step back into a different a more wary era of a possible disastrous end to humanity. Our tour guide made the tour even more interesting by sharing his clearly vast knowledge of the facility as well as with the use of witty and humorous comments through the tour. Plan on at least 2 full hours, and if possible book the earlier tour times so you have free time afterwards to explore on your own, something that is welcomed. Overall, WELL worth the very reasonable admission fee!
  • I've lived in the Ottawa region for many years, but I've only recently visited the Diefenbunker. It's very neat. We're not talking super old history, but any Cold War fan will love this place. There is a lot to see here. If you really want to see everything, then I don't think it's possible to do it all in one day. There are several tour options available (French/English). We were lucky to squeeze into one (they seem to fill up fast on the weekends). Tour highlights some of the more interesting facts about the museum. Cost was ~$14/adult. Parking is free.
  • A very interesting place to visit. Some of the highlights for me include the hospital, the computer room with those big old IBM computers, and the conference rooms. A lot of work has gone in to maintaining this space, and a variety of rooms are full of knick knacks from the cold war.
  • We did the bunker buddies halloween trick or treat here this yeae and had so much fun exploring.