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English Tours – After Labour Day weekend until June 30
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
*No guided tours on March 31.

French Tours – After Labour Day weekend until June 30
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm
**No guided tours on March 31.

English Tours – Canada Day until Labour Day
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm

French Tours – Canada Day until Labour Day
Daily: 2:00 pm

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for your reservation to ensure time to process your admission.

For groups of 10 or more, visit our Group Tour page.

Self-guided Tours

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The Bunker loans out iPod audio guides year-round (free of charge).
Valid photo ID is required to borrow an audio guide.
**It is recommended that visitors bring their own headphones.**

 

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Group Tours

Diefenbunker Group Tours

Looking for somewhere different to bring your group? The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has been named Canada’s most significant Cold War site for visitors interested in culture and history. This National Historic Site of Canada is an underground nuclear bunker built in secrecy during the height of the Cold War, located just 35 km from Ottawa. As the Central Emergency Headquarters, it was meant to house the top officials of the government and military during the risk of nuclear attack.

Tours of this unique facility take visitors through recreations of government rooms, living quarters, and cryptographic areas. Some of the focal points include the Prime Minister’s suite, the War Cabinet Room, the Medical Centre, and the Bank of Canada Vault.

Guided tours can be booked Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours are offered in English or French and last 60 minutes (45 minute or 90 minute long tours are available upon request).

Note:

  • 10 or more people are required to make a group tour reservation
  • We can accommodate groups of up to 120 people
  • We require a minimum of 2 weeks notice for all bookings

Group Tour Rates (all rates include HST):

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors $15
  • Students (University) $11
  • Children and Youth (ages 18 and under) $8.50

For more information:

Please contact Jen Fink at j.fink@diefenbunker.ca or call 613.839.0007 x 237 to check availability.

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School Visits
The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique educational sites in Canada. Come visit 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.

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

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.

Who is invited to participate in Conflict Resolution?

  • Youth in grades 7 to 10.
  • Schools and community groups in the Ottawa area.

The museum is open year-round, excluding select holidays. School Programs are offered daily Monday to Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm (special requests can be accommodated after 4:00pm).  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 Justin Williams at j.williams@diefenbunker.ca or (613) 839-0007 x274.

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Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE)

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The Diefenbunker is proud to be among the 28 Canadian tourism businesses selected to join the Canadian Tourism Commissions’ 2013 Canadian Signature Experiences collection.  Recognized for its 11 Steps to Survival tour, Evacuation Distance: Paranoia & Preparedness, the Bunker is the only Ottawa business to be recognized this year, and is one of only five CSE members in the nation’s Capital!

The international travellers that CTC targets in 10 countries around the world  want exotic experiences …adventures that enrich their lives…stories and memories of the unique and unexpected they will take back home.  The CSE collection is made up of outstanding Canadian tourism enterprises from coast to coast to coast that deliver such authentic experiences.  The Diefenbunker is honoured to join this distinguished collection.

Evacuation Distance: Paranoia & Preparedness, the Diefenbunker’s Canadian Signature Experience

Experience the tension and tumult of nuclear threat as you journey deep into a 100,000 square foot underground bunker built in secrecy by the Canadian Government during the height of the Cold War. Explore rooms built to run Canada’s emergency government: the Prime Minister’s suite with its single bed, the War Cabinet Room, a period operating room, and broadcast centre.

On this two-hour guided group tour, visitors will carry out each step of the official 11 Steps to Survival guide issued to citizens by the Canadian Government during the Cold War era. Learn about radioactive fallout, how to take shelter, and survive on army rations. Have your photo taken in the iconic Blast Tunnel. Sit in the cafeteria and be “treated” to your own military ration pack. Listen to an emergency broadcast from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre studio. Touch 1960s-era typewriters and phones, and imagine life in the aftermath of nuclear annihilation.

Note:

  • The Bunker requires a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice for bookings.
  • Minimum number of people per booking: 10
  • Maximum number of people per booking: 100
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Group Rates

School Groups:

  • $28 per Student/Teacher
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people), a complimentary GROUP picture, one copy of the ’11 Steps’ book per person.

Senior Groups:

  • $28 per person
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people), one copy of the ’11 Steps’ book per person.

Adult Groups:

  • $34 per person
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people), one copy of the ’11 Steps’ book per person.

Note: Admission for tour operators and bus drivers is complimentary but does not include individual copies of the “11 Steps” book.

Full lunch or customized bag lunches can be provided at an extra cost.

Please contact Justin Williams at  j.williams@diefenbunker.ca  or 613.839.0007 x274 for details.