Diefen­bunker, Canada’s Cold War Mu­seum

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CANADA -

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.

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