"Diefenbunker - Canada's Cold War Museum" Ottawa Things to Do Tip by apbeaches

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The Diefenbunker, Canada?s Cold War Museum began operation in June 1998. The site was owned and operated by the Government of Canada, Department of National Defence from 1959 to 1994. The site was nicknamed after John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister at the time the government decided to construct the facility. Should nuclear war have broken out or seemed imminent, the Diefenbunker would have been the safe haven for those providing the thin thread of continuity of government. For the 33 years it was in operation, day-to-day operations made it the key strategic communications facility for the Canadian Forces.

Tyler, our guide brought us into the Bunker past a jeep and atomic bomb. We went down 400 feet through decontamination & into the gold room, radio room, bunks, medical station, cafeteria, computer rooms, generators, conference rooms ... Everything was original & very much hands on. This impressive bunker could have contained over 500 people for 30 days in the event of a nuclear strike.

We were left in a small gift shop. There were many rooms filled with impressive artifactgs & displays exhibiting the Cold War era and people.

Address: 3911 Chemin Carp Rd., Ottawa
Directions: From Ottawa we drove :30 on Rt. 417 West to the Carp Road Exit 144. Turn right (north) onto Carp Road, and drive 8 ? 10 minutes to the village of Carp. On the left (west) side of the road you will see a large billboard sign.
Phone: 613 839-0007
Website: http://www.diefenbunker.ca

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  • Updated Aug 13, 2009
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