Touring the Diefenbunker in Canada's National Capital Region

Continuing with the Doors Open Ottawa weekend, my family toured the Diefenbunker just outside of Ottawa in Carp.  It is Canada’s Cold War Museum, and was certainly a little scary for my two girls (and us).

Built to sustain top ranking government officials in the event of a nuclear attack, it is a scary place to think about, but especially scary to enter.  It’s creation and location were once secret, but it is now a museum.  See

Everything is preserved from the 1950s and 60s, and there is over 100,000 square feet in size, four storeys underground.

The complex was built to be totally self-sufficient. The thickness of the doors certainly gives you a clue that no one is getting in unless invited.  There’s an operating room, food stashes, ham radio equipment, and everything needed to run a government and enable the military in times of a nuclear attack.

Most scary was the wall with the rings of destruction circled on the Ottawa area map.

Where do you live in the blast zone?

Go visit the Diefenbunker in Carp, just outside of Ottawa, and see the helicopter pad, and the reinforced steel bunkers. It’s amazing.