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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

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Address: 3929 Carp Road, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 613-839-0007
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to...

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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You need to visit the Diefenbunker!!

Seriously, you need to visit this place, it's like walking back in time, even better, now they have an Escape Room to challenge you as well.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Gary T
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Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously, you need to visit this place, it's like walking back in time, even better, now they have an Escape Room to challenge you as well.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here on a few occasions seeing as I live in the area and it's always a neat experience. This is a great place to bring kids if you're a family traveler. Possibly the BEST way to experience the Diefenbunker is to book with Escape Manor. They're a company that put on escape rooms and there is one INSIDE... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is very cool! We brought our preteen son and teen daughter and all of us found interesting things to see and do here.

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A place to recall what happened and the entire population experienced as well as secrets never told.

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Thank Karen Ann S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really interesting place and nice staff It allows one to reflect on the past and a different time in the world

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know I can get a free pass from library but the normal admission is around $15 (I think), still acceptable. It has several levels, and I don't recall I can use the elevator. A lady complained walking the stair. Of course, she was ok. Fun to understand the history and walk around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum, in Carp, Ontario, west of Ottawa, south of Kanata, built in 1961 and kept in service (150 military at a time) until something like 1994. This was a 4-level, 75 feet underground, 100,000 square feet facility built to house essential workers and military for 30 days, presumably enough time for an above... More 

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't get to see such big bunker everywhere. It is very interesting of how it was designed and built, even it didn't get utilized. I would recommend this if you are very much interested in history or if you are staying in Ottawa for a while and have extra time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is about a half hour west of Ottawa but well worth the drive. You get a real bunker that was built in secrecy during the cold war. You'll be anazes at how self sustaining this place was.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This made a great Halloween weekend experience. It was scary but not too scary. The "guide" was well informed and a good actor. He had fun with the participants and kept everything moving along. If I had any criticism it is that it could have been more intense. I was ready to really be scared and found it pretty easy... More 

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