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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Wonderful and Edicational

What a great way to see history! My husband and I had a great time listening to an exceptional tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bren P
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Great place to see how our government was prepared

Built during to cold war. Now decomissioned glad they never had to use it. Amazing feat of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ottawa, Canada
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“guided tour”(146 reviews)
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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...more
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Hours Today: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
3929 Carp Rd, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
+1 613-839-0007
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 14, 2007

I went to see the Diefenbunker on March 9th, 2007, right after the Hershey factory half hour away. The Diefenbunker was the highlight of my trip to Ottawa/Montreal. Loved it! It cost almost $15, and you do have to book ahead, but that can be...More

7  Thank Yslyan
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 3, 2017

We visited on Canada Day weekend, which we knew would be busy, but I could not believe how disorganized the place was. I've been to the place three times now with various friends and family from out of town, and my first two trips were...More

4  Thank wabajisik
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to see history! My husband and I had a great time listening to an exceptional tour guide named Shawn! This gentleman knew his stuff and was great at delivering it! Highly recommend it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built during to cold war. Now decomissioned glad they never had to use it. Amazing feat of building. 4 floors of living space all underground. Good signage now. Definitely worth the trip you can reserve ahead for tours in French or English borrow a recording...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very cool place to visit, it has a lot of history and is kind of like stepping back in time to the cold war era. It has so much to see and you can listen to a great audio recording that gives...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was first down inside this bomb proof bunker when it still was operational in the late eighties. When the massive door swings closed you realize you are separate from the rest of the world in that moment.

Thank Chris V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you aren't into history, then this is definitely worth visiting. It's 100% not boring and mind blowing interesting. Learn something about Canada.

Thank S B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the perfect venue for a retrospective theatre play on the Cuban missile crisis. The underground journey added to the atmosphere. We have been here for simple visits as well with out of town guests, and it allows us to try other restaurants and...More

Thank Yvan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my trip to Diefenbunker. The 4 floors under the ground were built to protect the government of the day, thankfully it was never needed. First, word of warning. This Is NOT in Ottawa. It's in Carp. I suppose you could take a...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must see when in the Ottawa area. Allow up to two hours to really enjoy the different levels. I took one of their i pods around which explains each exhibit in detail.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the hour+ tour guided by Brian. He was outstanding and provided information and colour we could never have gotten without taking the tour. Well worth the stop!

Thank GlobeTrotting34936
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I dont know if this would be for everyone. The bunker is structurally impressive, the exhibits are informative and worth taking the time to read. However, those not interested will only see a bunch of rooms underground with outdated furniture. Dont be fooled it does...More

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August 11, 2018|
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Response from BournemouthFan | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We self guided. It took about 2 hours. There is plenty of info around and the map explains the route and where everything is. The tours appeared to miss some bits from what we saw but I am sure the stories make up for... More
June 28, 2018|
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Response from 85hakant | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure about it, but I didn’t see any elevator or special arrangement for wheelchair.
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May 27, 2018|
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Response from helen182018 | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible but you’d be able to do one floor as the bunker is spread over 4 floors and I don’t recall it having a lift.