Gift of the Gab: The Scoop on Mother’s Day

There is only a day until the Bunker presents Bunkers, Boys, & Babies: Ladies of the Cold War, the Diefenbunker’s first ever Mother’s Day event. Thus far, I only baited you with a few glimpses of what we have in store for this event. I must say, to list the rest of the activities, there are a tremendous amount of things to mention in this … Continue reading Gift of the Gab: The Scoop on Mother’s Day

What do potatoes and the Diefenbunker have in common?

We both thrive underground and we prove to be deeply rooted in our community. Today, a group of students from the Heritage Academy came to explore the Diefenbunker while the Vice Principal (Derek), the Director of Physical Education (Mike), and our Marketing and Community Relations Manager (Kelly) dug up a space to plant a potato garden! The Diefenbunker is taking part in the Potato Project; … Continue reading What do potatoes and the Diefenbunker have in common?

Rendition of Dr Seuss’ allegory to the Cold War: The Butter Battle Book

Here is an exceptionally creative video created by Benjamin Reyes, a grade 12 student at Canterbury High School. This short trailer was created for the Ottawa Public Library Teen Tech Video Contest and won 1st place! It’s a live action rendition of Dr Seuss’ allegory to the Cold War: The Butter Battle Book. It also pays homage to Dr Strangelove, a movie we showed recently … Continue reading Rendition of Dr Seuss’ allegory to the Cold War: The Butter Battle Book

Emergency Preparedness Week – Are you ready?

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996, two years after the closing of the Diefenbunker as the Central Emergency Government Headquarters Carp. In honour of this week, the Diefenbunker has tasked itself with sharing a step from 11 Steps to Survival. This guide was issued to Canadians by Emergency Planning Canada and it included information about what to … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Week – Are you ready?

‘Ostalgia’ comes to the Bunker with Good Bye, Lenin!

Written by Henriette Riegel Excitement is building for our second Cold War Cinema night, featuring the funny and moving German film, Good Bye, Lenin! Released in 2003, this film pokes fun at German reunification and is part of the trend of critically-acclaimed films portraying the former East Germany, such as Sonnenallee and Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others). Goodbye Lenin is a family … Continue reading ‘Ostalgia’ comes to the Bunker with Good Bye, Lenin!

Our Volunteers are spectacular!

The roots of volunteerism run deep at the Diefenbunker. In 1998, our museum was created by a dedicated group of volunteers – many of whom still volunteer with us regularly. Our volunteers do an amazingly diverse range of tasks, from leading tours and working in the archives, to doing maintenance work and running our very own amateur radio station, VE3CWM. The Diefenbunker hosted a Volunteer … Continue reading Our Volunteers are spectacular!

No Fighting in the War Room!

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room,” exclaims President Merkin Muffley as General ‘Buck’ Turgidson scuffles with Russian Ambassador, Alexi de Sadesky. Of course, the irony of this statement makes the Cold War Cinema audience laugh as it is one of the most recognized and quoted lines from the movie. The 1964 cult classic, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to … Continue reading No Fighting in the War Room!