Stories from the Past

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

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...

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...

100 years ago, the guns fell silent.

100 years ago, the guns fell silent, on November 11th, 1918. The final shot of the First World War rang out and for the first time in 4 years the fields were silent. Across the world, millions of people held their breath as they waited to see who would come home...

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