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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

3929 Carp Road, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
+1 613-839-0007
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The tour guides are what truly make this experience. They are packed full of interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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fun museum with a difference

This is now a privately run museum, but it was established when Diefenbaker was our PM (1957-1963... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan A
Ottawa, Canada
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3929 Carp Road, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
+1 613-839-0007
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour guides are what truly make this experience. They are packed full of interesting information for the hour or longer tour. In the bunker there are lots of small spaces and tight corners. So, it may not be for everyone. If that doesn't bother...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is now a privately run museum, but it was established when Diefenbaker was our PM (1957-1963) as an underground place of safety for important government officials to take refuge in the event of a nuclear or other attack. It is innocuously located outside Ottawa...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the short drive out of Ottawa and not hard to find. Lots of interesting and surprising information about Canadian individuals and Canadian events of the Cold War.

Thank b v
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the escape room and it was so much fun. Such a rush. The most interesting one I've done yet! It also has three different parts to it so you could do it again!

Thank Emma M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not an attraction for everyone. If you enjoy military sites, historical ships, etc., then the Diefenbunker is worth the short drive from Ottawa. In addition to the experience of traveling four stories underground to see the war cabinet room and where the government...More

Thank C-VilleDog
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was born in the final years of the Cold War, so I never really experienced one of the defining situations of the latter half of the 20th century. But here, you really feel like you're walking through history.... and sadly at the time of...More

Thank PsychoSavager
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reviews that we had read made it sound like this was a great attraction when in fact it was not. It was cold, damp, musty and not very well put together. People working there were not very knowledgable and we required the use of the...More

Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Diefenbunker is a must-see. Given the state of affairs between North Korea and the U.S. - the site has an eerie relevance to today. Brought the frightening reality of Nuclear attack to a new perspective. Some rooms, such as the 1950's kitchen seemed like...More

Thank Pia S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located about 45 minutes from Ottawa, in a small village called Carp, the Diefenbunker was build by order to the Prime Minister 1967 in case of a nuclear attack on Ottawa the Capital to ensure the continuity of government. The guided tour lasts approximately 45...More

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on the free tour and it was very informative and fun. I would recommend you take some time to explore on your own as well because there is so much to see and lots of good photo opportunities that you may want some...More

1  Thank Tracey_C_11
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14 July 2017|
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Response from Shanir J | Reviewed this property |
No cafeteria but lots of places to eat nearby. We took bottles of water and worked up an appetite by the end of the tour.
25 April 2017|
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Response from debrach | Reviewed this property |
To the best of my knowledge, there are only bathrooms available at the ticket building before you enter the Diefenbunker. Debra
Donna M
17 December 2016|
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Response from Louie L | Reviewed this property |
It is a bit of walking. About a good hour tour. Suggest a transport chair so your father would enjoy. Louis.