Cold War History

30 Years of Safeguarding History

Ever wonder how to heat and cool a nuclear Bunker?

. Did you know that there is no heating and cooling machinery inside the bunker to support day-to-day operations? The Bunker relies on the geothermal system from the earth around it for heating and cooling.Fun facts: The coolest day of the year inside the Bunker on...

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Duck and Cover: How one desk could save your life

On August 29, 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 longer the only...

Over 15 students ducking and covering under their school desks.

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

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...

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

Gamma Gardens: The Garden of the Future

“I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new – one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use.That new language is the language of atomic warfare.” These were the words President...

Artifact of the Month: Geiger Counter

We are introducing a new segment to our blog: Artifact of the Month!January's artifact of the month features the decontamination showers Geiger counter. Imagine this: Canada has been hit by a nuclear attack.You are one of the 535 people designated to enter the...

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