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“History buffs, rejoice!”

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.
Incheon, South Korea
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“History buffs, rejoice!”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

It's a pleasant surprise to find this gem west of the downtown, which represents such an exciting time in history. Four floors underground, the cold war bomb shelter is basically intact and shows the length countries went to in order to prepare for a nuclear war. Take a swivel in the prime minister's chair and lose yourself in another era. Kids' programming available, too.

Visited December 2013
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30 reviews
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“Nuclear bunker, at -39 degrees!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

An appropriate temperature for the visit, but warm inside. As a somewhat reluctant companion to enthusiastic spouse and son, I was caught up in this huge and fascinating structure. Completely encapsulating the atmosphere of the 1960s, we were free to explore its many levels of work rooms and living accommodation for what would have been the priveledged (?) few to survive a nuclear attack.
Mind, having written this it doesn't sound like a great day out, though serious stuff does have its place too, yes?

Visited January 2014
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Ontario's Near North, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Cold War Moments Frozen in Time”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

It is located about 1/2 hour drive outside Ottawa. It was to be used by the late Prime Minister Difenbaker, in case of nuclear war. It is a deep, underground bunker that contains all of the artifacts that would have been used to re-locate Canada's state leaders, in the event of war.

Visited September 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
404 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Always On My Mind”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We hope to take our grandchildren when they can really appreciate the implications. Once you go it will change your perception of the world forever. I think schools should make it a curriculum requirement. It would have a sobering effect on our future leaders.

Visited April 2013
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Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not to be missed”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Diefenbunker is absolutely fascinating. It starts with a modest shed out in the country. Pretty soon you're back in another era with another mindset. For example, there is a 50s film that says yes, radiation can cause mutations, but your children may be better looking than you are as a result. Imagine the uproar such a film would cause today! Another example was a Soviet spy who was fined $500! The thought that went into the Diefenbunker was very interesting, starting at the top with a hospital and ending with a morgue and a Bank of Canada vault for the nation's gold at the bottom. All in all, an attraction not to be missed.

Visited February 2014
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