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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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  • My wife and I visited on our way to Ottawa and it was truly interesting. It was impossible not to feel like you'd suddenly stepped back in time and with a little imagination you could sense how it was...  read more »
  • I felt honoured to have the opportunity to wander the cool and lonely halls of the Bunker. What an experience! The artist in residence 's work really added to the feel of the bunker as well. 
  • This is a fascinating place to visit. It was secret for most of its operational life - disguised as a simple communications centre - but really a place where Canada's government could continue in the ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • It's hard to believe this piece of Canada's Cold War history was preserved and taken on by a local group. It's often an overlooked museum as it's a bit outside the city centre, but with the visit. The exhibits could be more interactive and there's a lot more to gained by a knowledgeable docent providing a tour.
  • We were there the entire day, and still weren't able to go through everything. We had an excellent 1 hour guided tour, which lasted an extra 20 minutes but only felt like 15 in total. After lunch, we started the audio tour (they give you ipods). We only got through half of that (while also going into other rooms along the way) until we were told it was closing time. I would recommend this to anyone who is able to do steps and a lot of walking and my only complaint is that they're not. open long enough.
  • Would have been enjoyable had the tour guide been a little more welcoming and understand of the nature of babies. Sometimes they cry. Will not go back with my older children an waste more money to be kicked of a tour. Too bad, seemed interesting.
  • Easily one of the best museums in Ottawa. The blast tunnel is cold, but once you get in the bunker I didn't need a jacket.
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