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. Take a look at our Ottawa online road trip planner to schedule your visit to Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I wound the Diefenbunker great for 2 reasons. First, it is just an interesting relic from when the Cold War was in full swing. To see the facilities and get reminded of those days when Nuclear War see...  more »
  • This place was very interesting. A great piece of history we hope never has to be repeated. The nostalgic pieces in each of the rooms were very interesting to see. Worth the drive if you are in Ottawa...  more »
  • A really unique experience. Go back into time when a nuclear war was a fear. This place has stood in time. Would tell any adult they should go. Make sure and take the tour so that you get all the info...  more »
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  • This place is cool! It's a huge underground facility with Cold War history. I've only done the escape puzzle room activity at this location which was brilliant. I long to go back for the full tour. Bring extra money for the souvenirs which aren't cheap. I would recommend this activity to anyone.
  • This is the most extraordinary testament to cold war hysteria. Each room is a time capsule with equipment and literature from the 1960s. A guided tour is a good option if it is your first visit-- you will learn very interesting details about the construction of the building. But definitely set aside some time to wander on your own. It is like being on the set of a creepy post nuclear apocalypse dystopian movie. And it is rad. Gentle warning that I have done this your with someone who had anxiety and it proved to be a very unpleasant experience for them.
  • Very interesting spot to visit! The guided tour was informative but unfortunately ran longer than I expected so I didn't get a chance to look around on my own as much as I would have liked.
  • One of my favorite place. I have been here 5 times. Great history. Nice radio room. I wish a radio room would be set up for ham radio operators. Where is the new bunker for the prime minister?
  • A fascinating reminder of my childhood during the Cold War, and why my parents were tense about things I couldn't properly understand yet. Lovingly recreates an era that hopefully my children won't have to worry about, but those who forget history are condemned to repeat it, so I'm very grateful to the dedicated local volunteers who rescued the establishment from demolition many years ago. I have wanted to visit for a long time, and finally got the chance today. I arrived well before a scheduled guided tour, and took the self-guided audio/video tour with a small iPod. Not as good as I suspect the guided tour would have been, but much superior to walking around aimlessly reading signs on the way. If I am able to get back, I'll take the guided tour, and linger a little longer in the display rooms. Allow a couple of hours if you can. Kudos to all involved: the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. I'm very happy I finally got here.

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