Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum

  • Outaouais/Ottawa

Field of interest: 

Heritage
History

Specialization in field of interest: 

Presentation
Outreach
Military

General informations

Contact information

3929 Carp Road
Ottawa, ON K0A 1L0
Canada
613 839-0007 or 1 800 409-1965

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Opening hours: 

Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission fees: 

Adults: $14
Seniors: $13
Students: $10
Children (6 to 18): $8
Children (5 and under): Free
Families (2 adults, 5 children): $40

Access for disabled visitors: 

Yes

Description

The Diefenbunker is a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961. The name of the facility was given by a Toronto Star journalist who exposed a story of its development. 

Additional information

  • Restaurant on siteNo
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Family activitiesYes
  • Guided toursNo
  • Animation on the siteYes
  • Home service and information in EnglishYes
  • Products and activities in EnglishYes