Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum
A National Historic Site of Canada, this underground nuclear bunker was built in secrecy during the Cold War to house top government and military officials in the event of an attack. Today the Museum provides a startling glimpse into Cold War history with guided and specialty tours. Immerse yourself in an authentic 60s era engineering marvel and learn about the fear stricken culture who prepared itself for devastation.
Just a short commute from downtown Ottawa, Carp offers a range of things to see and experience, from quaint pubs to a farmer’s market to a museum!
- The Museum is nick-named after John Diefenbaker, Canada's Prime Minister who commissioned the bunker's construction.
- The Museum includes 1960s era government rooms, living quarters and cryptographic areas.
- Spy HQ and the Rex Zero rooms are areas designated for children’s programming.
- The bunker is over 100,000 square feet and is four storeys high.
- Visitors get to tour the Prime Minister's suite and War Cabinet Room.
- The bunker houses a CBC radio studio that would have broadcast to any survivors of a nuclear attack - Hello, is anyone out there?
- Take the money and run! A Bank of Canada vault is built into the bunker.