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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

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Address: 3929 Carp Road, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to...

Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to protect top officials of the Canadian government from nuclear attack, this once-secret underground bunker is now a museum & National Historic Site of Canada. Explore over 100,000sq ft of bunker secrets and relive the experience of the Cold War. With its extraordinary engineering and architectural features, the Diefenbunker is a poignant reminder of one of the most turbulent periods of modern history.

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So interesting - well worth the drive!

I have visited the Diefenbunker four times in the last six months. The first visit was to check out the exhibitions - SO interesting! The next 2 visits were to participate in... read more

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited the Diefenbunker four times in the last six months. The first visit was to check out the exhibitions - SO interesting! The next 2 visits were to participate in their escape game. Oh my goodness, such a great time, even if you don't succeed in escaping. And finally, we returned in February for a Valentine's event called... More 

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Toronto,Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum. The tour guide had a good sense of humour, and was interesting to listen to. Both of my teens became much more interested in the Diefenbunker once we were there and inside. It is not your typical museum! We went on a 2 pm tour, which lasted almost 1 1/2 hours. We stayed an extra half hour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hidden gem of the Ottawa area. Anyone who grew up in the 60's - 80's would enjoy visiting this site. It's an entire building that is underground! You'd never know it was there. Everything is preserved from a time period where we thought we'd get blown up by nuclear bombs. You get to see the living quarters,... More 

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Peterborough, ON
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although my 9-yr-old was scared to go through the "blast tunnel" into the entry to the museum, we were all fascinated by what lay inside this former military base. This place feels like something out of Mission Impossible -- between the 6 feet of concrete walls, gold vault, and 'high-tech' computer facility. The guided tour gave us a great primer,... More 

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Salem, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an incredible experience of a time that doesn't get alot of coverage. This cold war era bunker is a facility frozen in time. There are great displays on this frightening era following World War II i when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. It is fantastic to see they types of planning that went into... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A short drive from Ottawa, On. along the 417 Hwy ( exit Carp road), this visit exceeded our expectations. The guide ( can't remember her name!!) was not only excellent but made the experience that much greater. Walking in was an eye opener (see the first pic below) with an actual atomic bomb, an old military jeep and missiles! The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A long ways out of Ottawa, but a must see for any Canadian. An important bit of Canadian history. The place is frozen in time and details of life 30, 40, 60 years ago are perfect. One young girl asked her father how you made a rotary phone work, too funny. It was well worth the entry fee and do... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fascinating to discover such a sprawling network of facilities underground! There is ample signage throughout the museum describing the roles that the various sectors of the complex would have played in the midst of a Cold War emergency. The place was so very different from conventional museums that I couldn't help but find it gripping. There were docents... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A military friend and I enjoyed the Diefenbunker tour - there's enough there to appeal to both the military and civilian history buff. Science types may also appreciate the radar and medical sections. The guide was patient, knowledgeable and very polite. My friend was surprised at the end when he recognized several people in the photos from recent Canadian missions.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bunker was built from 1959 to 1961 and was intended to house Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Very impressive to see all that's been done to make sure that Canada could sit function properly in case of a nuclear war. The duration of the visit is 2-3 hours and you must... More 

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