2019 Blog

Artifact of the Month: The Blast Tunnel

Artifact of the Month: The Blast Tunnel

The Blast Tunnel was designed to divert the force of an explosion away from the main part of the bunker. In the event of a nuclear explosion, anything inside of the tunnel would have been destroyed. Building the Blast Tunnel Laying the concrete floor The finished...

The Eames Chair

Written by: Mat Dunne Are you tired of re-upholstering your old dingy couch? Are you fed up with bleh designs and mute colour patterns for your furniture? Are you looking for a non-flammable piece of military grade fiberglass to park yourself in? Well...

The Bank of Canada Vault

​In 1960s, the Cold War neared its zenith. The members of the NATO alliance faced the eventuality of a nuclear war with the Soviet Bloc. As the possibility of this reality formalized, nations considered how to strengthen their defense and plan for future...

Duck and cover: How one desk could save your life

On August 29th, 1949 the Soviet Union detonated their first nuclear weapon, bringing them into the nuclear arms race that defined the Cold War era. This moment in history brought Cold War anxieties to the forefront in the United States – they were no...

The Community Room

Change is afoot at the Diefenbunker! One of the many new and exciting additions to the Diefenbunker, coming soon, is the Community Room on Level 400 - but, before I tell you more about this room, let me first introduce myself:My name is Vanessa, and for...

Artifact of the Month: Radiac

Our Artifact of the Month for July is a little on the dangerous side. Pleased ensure that you are behind the yellow line at all times. This is going to get radioactive! Welcome to Radiac, a small room located on the 100 level (bottom floor)...

Welcome Skylar and Leo

Our team is ever growing, and we’re so pleased to have welcomed Leo and Skylar to the underground family in June. Both have joined our museum guide team and will be giving tours all summer long! Below is a little about them and their first...

DeBunking the Bunker – Part. 1

When the bunker was decommissioned in 1994 the secret was out. Everyone knew and heard about the Diefenbunker and what it meant for Canada’s survival. As the years have passed, many of its secrets have been revealed, but not all. As a...

Volunteer of the Month: Corinne

 Corinne has been volunteering with us since May 2018, so it only seems fitting that we feature her as May’s volunteer of the month!Corinne comes into the Bunker once a week (at least!) and assists our Business Development team with...

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