Cold War History

2022 Cold War Speaker Series: Canada, the Cold War, and the Korean War

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 the month...

Episode #70 – What are the secrets of the Diefenbunker

We recently had the unique opportunity to host a fascinating individual here at the Bunker, Sebastian Major. Sebastian is the creator and host of the podcast Our Fake History. It is produced in Toronto with the help of his wife, Beth Lorimer. A podcast about myths...

Our Fake History

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) of the museum. This room...

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 result, there are a LOT of...

Artifact of the Month: The Model

If you’ve ever wondered how exactly the Diefenbunker was built, this is the blog post for you!Our featured Artifact of the Month is: The Model!The Model is the original construction model from 1958. Because something like the Diefenbunker had never been attempted...

Artifact of the Month: The Prime Minister’s Bed

Take a look at this bed. It looks like any ordinary bed you might find in the Bunker. You could argue that it’s a single bed instead of a bunk bed which does offer its own oddity in our underground world. You might comment on the poorly tucked in sheets which I’ve...

The Forgotten Bedroom

80 feet underground there is a bedroom hidden in the bunker, left abandoned for 25 years. This is the Forgotten Bedroom.Like so many other mysteries in the Bunker, this one comes with few facts and many theories. And for this reason, let’s start at the...

The History of the Cherry Blossom Empire

While scrolling through twitter this month I came across a thread that sparked some interest. A twitter user that we follow named Andrew King @twitandrewking had done some background research on Cherry Blossom candies. Like all Canadians, I recognized the candy but...

"Radiation and You"

From September until January 2020, the Bunker welcomed Alison, a high school co-op student with a passion for history. For 4 months Alison worked on a new exhibit which has filled our “Treasures from the Diefenbunker” display case. During her 4 months here Alison...

Atomic Energy book

"To Harry, Love Felicity"

When racking my brain on what to feature for the artifact of the month in February I fell short. As many of my co-workers pointed out: it’s hard to make the Cold War romantic. With other “Hot Wars” in history, you had soldiers who would leave loved ones behind...

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