In early February, I took a couple of friends from the Netherlands to visit this facility. The guide -a retired civil servant from the Navy- had ample knowledge of the place and had actually spent time while this Last Stand of the Cold War in Canada was operational. You're really transported through a tunnel-like capsule of what the political elites hallucinated about from the 1950s through early 90's. It's one of those places that one simply does not expect to find out in Carp, a location that is great farmland and little else. As soon as you go through the parking area and see the helicopter landing site, you get a sense that this place is very special indeed. Then again, I've seen similar structures built in Virginia in equally isolated communities. People with severe mobility issues might have difficulties navigating some of the stairs and some the confined spaces. I wouldn't recommend this place for toddlers but anybody over 7 yrs old should be able to enjoy themselves -under close parental supervision. There's a good family restaurant on the main road to the Diefenbunker. It's great for coffee and desserts. I think that the museum needs to develop a catalogue raisonee of the place. As it is, the printed materials I saw on display were not particularly attractive nor gave a full sense of what the place was about.
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