Diefenbunker was a secret bunker built for the then prime minister and his top officials. They were to lead the country here in the event of a nuclear attack. Constructed during the twilight of the Cold War (1959-1961), the Diefenbunker named after Canada's Prime Minister John Diefenbaker is a four-story building built underground that was designated a National Historic Site in 1994.

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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Are there any quirky places in Ontario that look at wartime memorablia.

A: Located in the sleepy hamlet of Carp Ontario just 35 km west from Ottawa, there was a secret bunker built for the then prime minister and his top officials. They were to lead the country here in the event of a nuclear attack. Constructed during the twilight of the Cold War (1959-1961), the Diefenbunker named after Canada's Prime Minister John Diefenbaker is a four-story building built underground that was designated a National Historic Site in 1994.

Today, the curious minded could experience one twisty turny tour that's not for the fainthearted. Called the Bunker Backroads, the folks at Canada's Historic Site site report this is "the" tour for bunker enthusiasts who'll get a rare sneak peek of the rarely seen realms of the Diefenbunker from the second floor machine room to the Department of National Defence Offices.

Bunker Backroads is slated for June 25 and starts 2pm sharp. Advance reservations are required.

For reservations call 613-839-0007 or toll-free 1-800-409-1965. Visitors can also view the Prime Minister's suite, the War Cabinet Room, the CBC radio studio, the Bank of Canada vault, and the Emergency Government Situation Centre.

This living museum is a fascinating glimpse into our history where you can walk through these once secret rooms and view a variety of exhibits. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your sense of adventure.

The Diefenbunker is planning other summer events perfect for history buffs and families. For more details visit www.diefenbunker.ca and log onto their Summer Page.

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