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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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  • The tour guides are what truly make this experience. They are packed full of interesting information for the hour or longer tour. In the bunker there are lots of small spaces and tight corners. So, it...  more »
  • This is now a privately run museum, but it was established when Diefenbaker was our PM (1957-1963) as an underground place of safety for important government officials to take refuge in the event of a...  more »
  • Worth the short drive out of Ottawa and not hard to find. Lots of interesting and surprising information about Canadian individuals and Canadian events of the Cold War.  more »
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  • Very cool spot! If you ever want to get a feeling for what the cold war felt like to many people, then this time capsule is worth seeing. They have kept it looking like it would have in the 50/60's. We were there for an Escape Room, which was amazing! We had 1 entire floor for 12 people in 3 teams. Didn't escape, but there is always next time!
  • 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.
  • Very cool if you like the cold war stuff. Self guides or regular yours available. Only been for birthday party so can say about yours but the place is pretty amazing. They also do escape room here which would be awesome.
  • 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.
  • Great window into Canada's history with the Cold War. You've read about the Bay of Pigs but now see how Canada prepared for the nuclear threat. It takes about 3 hours to go through the entire museum and features some confined spaces. Fantastic learning experience for older kids

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