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“Not your typical museum”

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Carp
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Intrigued, four of us drove through beautiful country just west of Ottawa to tour Canada's Cold War Museum for ourselves. Our curiosity heightened as we checked in at the guard house, walked along the damp, dimly-lit blast tunnel, and stepped through the thick steel doorway of what is commonly called the Diefenbunker. We did not expect our minds to be so aptly transported back to a 60s' hub of such national and international significance. Awesome. Really unique.
Cautions: Refer to the good website and reps over the phone. Note the different ways of touring. Book early for guided tours. Give yourselves plenty of time to wonder around on your own. Allow time to enjoy the area's towns, such as Almonte, countryside, and eating establishments. Oh yes, there's even a picnic table on the grounds of the 'Bunker'.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Came with my wife and adult son. We had lived in Ottawa for 14 years and finally made it to the Diefenbunker. Very glad we did so. The museum is not very glossy, but really interesting. The building is the star of the show, with four stories underground. Our guide was good, with a few factual glitches (I'm a scientist and she was a volunteer). For a non-profit outfit, this is a well run enterprise and well worth the visit. The original decor and Cold War artifacts are very atmospheric. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I can't believe we got to play laser tag inside the Diefenbunker!!!! What an experience! Not any laser tag, the most realistic state of the art laser tag with Spy Games! Visiting the bunker and its many exhibitions is already an experience in itself and when you add laser tag to it, it cannot get any better! Great event for kids, birthday parties, bachelor/ette parties, team building... You don't have to be a geek, you just have to like doing things differently! ;)

1  Thank Smitharmy
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was a highlight for our 10yr old and my hubby and I for our trip to Ottawa. Our 6 yr old was less interested during the visit, but afterwards kept asking so many Q. Mike was an amazing guide, insightful, engaging and of course full of interesting info. As echoed in the reviews below, it was such an interesting view into a part of our recent history in North America. I think it's a must see for any visit to Ottawa. We had a groupon package so also really reasonably priced. We'll definitely return on our next visit to Ottawa.

1  Thank Family_Wknds
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This place lived up to the description of it. The tourguide gave an interesting tour and it really captured the mood of that time. Everything looks dated which it should. I had a little trouble finding it, so make sure you know exactly where it is.

1  Thank Josephjody
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