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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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  • Diefenbunker's self-guided tour is very well designed. You follow the dots on the floor to check out 31 spots. Plan to spend at least one hour. You can borrow the iPod to listen to the pre-recorded au...  more »
  • Decided to visit the bunker on a grey, cold rainy day. What a great idea! We didn't expect to stay there for 2-3 hours. This place is huge and has so much information. I found it very educational and ...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to this facility! Had no idea that it had existed before this trip, so it was great to go underground and experience a little of it!!  more »
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  • Me and my son went on June 3rd for doors open. It was only in English and only a limited 30 minute tour. There wasn't anything special for kids... other then walking around in here for free. It's ok... it was free so there's that. Maybe on the regular paid visits there are things to do... I wouldn't know. The most impressive thing was the vault and cafeteria. Both of which lasted about 5 minutes and the thrills wear off. We won't be coming back. Once was enough.
  • This is the best museum I've ever been to. The word "museum" is actually an understatement, considering the area was once the actual bunker that would host the most critical government functions in an event of nuclear war. The exhibits are very well laid out, with explanations in both English and French. You get to see the bunker as-is in the 60s when it was still in commission. There are some areas which are out of bounds to non guided tours so it's definitely worth checking out their time tables. The bunker has multiple levels and it's main connection is by stairs, so it might be a challenge to navigate for wheelchair users. There are staff operated lift and I would recommend asking them before visiting. Overall speaking this is a great museum experience, and I strongly recommend a visit.
  • Fascinating artifact of history. You won't see more outdated mid 20th century communications technology anywhere else!
  • Really interesting tour with an ex employee. Lots of good stories. Would definitely return!
  • A few of us came from Montreal to play the escape the room game. We were twelve in all including myself. I've done about a dozen of these games in Montreal and I must say that this one is excellent. The theme and sheer size of it (25,000 square feet) really give it an edge as you are free to explore in chase of the solution. This for me is a must for an escape game fan. I'll have to go back to visit the museum next.