Workshops

The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique educational sites in Canada. Come tour the museum with your class or school tour group and let participants experience the complexities of the Cold War first-hand.

Tours of the Diefenbunker allow students to immerse themselves in the Cold War and experience Canadian history from a perspective unlike any other. The Diefenbunker offers curriculum programs with links to social studies, language arts, science, mathematics, and visual arts.

To reserve, please fill out our Reservation Request Form .

Description of Programs

Art and Peacebuilding (Grades 4-12)

What was the role of art in the Cold War? How can art be used to build and promote peace? This workshop will encourage dialogue and discussion about the role of art in peacebuilding and how art can be an expression of values and how it can be used to promote ideas.

Continuity of Government (Grades 7-12)

Learn about the War Measures Act and the role that the different levels of government play in an emergency. A first person scenario will assign key roles to students who will have to make a difficult decision for Canada.

Daily Life in the Diefenbunker (Grades 5-9)

Students will explore what life would have been like in the Diefenbunker during a lockdown. They will be split into three groups (military, civilian, and government) and discover the roles of each one of those groups during an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness (Grades 6-12)

What did people do to keep safe? Participants will use primary sources to discover what the government suggested people do during the Cold War to keep themselves safe. Do we do enough today?

Conflict Resolution Workshops (Grades 7-10)

The Diefenbunker’s popular conflict resolution program has been modified to a one-day, on-site at the Bunker program that teaches participants conflict resolution methods, skills, and tests their abilities by putting what they have learned into action.

How does Conflict Resolution work?

  • Throughout the day, students will take part in three activities focused on conflict resolution:
  • Youth participants will learn vocabulary and skills necessary for successful conflict resolution.
  • Participants will take on the roles of key government and military officials during the emergency, and learn to communicate and make decisions on a global scale, applying the conflict resolution skills taught by the Diefenbunker’s trained instructors.
  • The session will culminate in a debriefing and self-analysis session that encourages youth to reflect on the activities and how to apply conflict resolution skills in their daily lives.
  • Conflict resolution skills follow the model developed by YOUCAN Ottawa, who have been successfully teaching conflict resolution skills to youth for over 20 years.

The museum is open year-round, excluding select holidays. School Programs are offered daily Monday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (special requests can be accommodated after 4:00 pm).  Programs are offered in English or French (with advance notice) and can be schedule for 60 or 90 minutes.  Please book at least two weeks prior as space is limited.

Please contact Asha Bruce, Conflict Resolution Coordinator, with any questions at a.bruce@diefenbunker.ca or (613) 839-0007 x 274.

Teacher’s Checklist

  • Facility:
    The Diefenbunker is a 100,000 square foot historic site. As such, please ensure all participants bring closed toed shoes and a sweater for their tour or program.
    Please note that our washrooms are original to the facility and use is limited. If possible, we recommend large groups take this into account prior to arrival.
    If you would like to self-guide following your tour or program, we require a ratio of 1 chaperone per 5 students.
  • Do you require a lunch facility?
    If you would like to reserve an indoor space for your group to have lunch in our historic cafeteria, please note that there is an associated $60 cleaning and supervisory fee for use of the space.
  • Book the tour
    Call our Conflict Resolution Program Coordinator to book a tour at 613-839-0007  or email a.bruce@diefenbunker.ca. We require advance notice of at least two weeks.
  • Final numbers
    Have the final participant numbers ready one week before the tour.
  • Payment
    Please remember that we require payment upon arrival.
  • Arrival and Departure
    Please check in at our Guard House prior to entering the museum. The Guard House is located on the left side of the road, across from the library prior to entering the second gate. If the Guard House is closed or you are arriving before 10:30am, use the doorbell located next to the yellow doors and ‘Museum Entrance’ sign to gain access to the museum.We do not have a dedicated entry and departure area for groups. Please arrange for your bus to be ready at the stated end time for your program
  • After your tour
    Please fill out a comment form and tell us what you thought of the tour