Cold War History

Spies Among Us: The 75th Anniversary of the Gouzenko Affair

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...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

"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...

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...

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...

Thankful for Freedom: A Cold War Thanksgiving

This weekend in Canada is Thanksgiving! In just 6 weeks our neighbours to south will be celebrating this holiday as well. Across North America millions of people will be consuming turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries and whatever else...

Igor Gouzenko: The Anniversary of his Defection

73 years ago this week, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk for the Soviet Embassy to Canada defected from the USSR and revealed their secret agenda to the Canadian Government. His defection caused the arrest and conviction of 18 spies, broke up...

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