Stories from the Past

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

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

“The Gouzenko affair crippled Russian spy efforts in North America for more than a decade.”-Vasili Mitrokhin (former KGB archivist) In the waning days of the Second World War, Soviet cipher clerk Igor Gouzenko was becoming disenchanted with the Stalinist regime;...

Photo of Igor Gouzenko

Marking 75 Years: The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“When the atomic bomb fell,day turned to night andpeople became ghosts.”Hatsumi Sakamoto, Third Grader,Hijiyama Elementary School, Hiroshima City, 1952 During the Cold War, people feared the devastating effects of nuclear war; many remembered the 1945 atomic...

Nagasaki mushroom cloud

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...

Air conditioner

CFS Carp Winter Carnival

Every February, the nation’s capital hosts Winterlude, a festival to celebrate the best winter has to offer. The first Winterlude was hosted in 1979, but before then, Canadian Forces Station Carp (CFS Carp, aka the Diefenbunker) had our own way of getting out into...

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 then, look no...

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 the month...

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)...

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