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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Ranked #1 of 9 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 28 May 2014

Terrific stories, great history to learn. Hands on, great for kids and families for a day. Clean, interesting, informative. A must visit for all!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is an amazing Tour. The fact that it was built and is now available for a Tour with a knowledgeable tour guide is amazing. I am not a real history buff but I loved this tour and was unexpectedly surprised that I learned something

2  Thank Raffy90210
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Impressive tour and the kids really enjoyed it without fully understanding its purpose. The Requiem room was a tragic reminder of the devastation to Japan. I hope they are able to retrieve more artifacts from the day.

2  Thank Wiretap
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Although it is a bit of a drive out of town this is well worth visiting. It gives great insight to the cold war era and the real threat people felt at the time.

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Had heard about the Diefenbunker for years, finally got to it. A cold war bomb shelter to (hopefully) ensure continuity of Canada's government should Ottawa be hit with a nuclear bomb. Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker started the project in 1959.

$30M in that day's Canadian dollars. When $10,000 was a very good annual salary.

So Diefenbaker ... Diefenbunker.

The bunker was built in secret, though there were lots of rumours about this massive construction project in a tiny village.

"Deifenbunker" was coined by a Toronto Star reporter who uncovered the secret.

"Dief" was not amused with the play on his name.

Completed in 1961 and home to Canadian Forces Base Carp for 32 years until it was decommissioned.

Four levels underground (bunker) were intended to house government elected and public officials and support staff. Plus over 100 members of the Canadian Forces.

With enough provisions for 30 days.

300 rooms and 100,000 square feet total. There's a huge vault intended to house gold from the Bank of Canada. (Now rented out for parties and weddings!) A CBC emergency broadcast studio. A medical unit with an OR, beds, etc. A dental suite. Remember, no one could come out for 30 days if it was ever activated.

It was interesting to learn that there were a number of other Diefenbunkers across Canada and many more planned when the government decided to halt the program. All are now decommissioned according to our excellent guide Les.

When the Armed Forces decommissioned this one they stripped out all of the equipment and left an empty building which was ultimately sold to the town. Volunteers began giving tours and over the years have scrounged equipment and furnishing from other bunkers as they were decommissioned, and from other sources to recreate the 'look and feel' of the bunker.

This national historic site is operated by volunteers and a small staff under guidance of a board of directors.

Great guided as well as self-guided tours.

It never did get used, thankfully.

Definitely worth the trip!

Good info on the history and tours on the website.

3  Thank TO_Trips
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