Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
A short ride away from Ottawa, the Diefenbunker (a play on the name of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, who commissioned the bunker) was built in secret between 1959 and 1961 to give Canada’s government a place to safely govern their potentially irradiated land in the event of a nuclear war. They’d need to make quick decisions though, as their food stocks only lasted for 30 days (apparently, they figured that within a few weeks, both Russia and the USA would have fired all their nukes, and it would be safe to go outside – rather optimistic). The bunker became a museum in 1998, enabling you to explore its many rooms, spread over four storeys, including the prime minister’s suite, Bank of Canada vault, and the war cabinet room. It’s also a great place to catch special temporary exhibitions – they even have an artists-in-residence programme. If there happens to be a five-megaton blast, this is simultaneously the safest and most artsy place to be in Ottawa. Oh, and if you’re there on October 29th, 30th or November 5th, you can take part in a zombie attack.