Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

As Cold War fears gripped the Canadian public in the 1960s, the government secretly constructed a massive underground bunker in the event of nuclear warfare. Once shrouded in mystery, this unique historical site is now home to the Diefenbunker:Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Commissioned by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959, the bunker was meant to house Canadian government and institutions in the event of a nuclear attack. With four levels totaling 100,000 square feet, there is plenty for you to explore. You will feel as if you have travelled back in time as you explore the Prime Minister’s quarters, a Bank of Canada vault, a CBC Emergency Broadcasting Studio, the War Cabinet Room, and much more.

Relive the tension of the era as you explore a variety of informative exhibitions, as well as workshops, lectures, tours, and much more. The Diefenbunker also frequently hosts special events such as haunted walks for Halloween, summer “spy camps” for children, and much more. Visit their website for program details. Selected as part of the Canada Signature Experiences collection, this is a one-of-a-kind Canadian experience you won’t soon forget! 

3911 Carp Road, Ottawa, ON, K0A 1L0

Tel: (613) 839 - 0007

Mon - Sun: 11:00am - 4:00pm

The museum is closed December 25 and 31, and January 1.