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High-security Zone

Agent ‘H’

January 11, 2018

TOP SECRET

Agent ‘X’:

Status Report: Mission Success.

Integration into my new assignment at the Diefenbunker was successful. I have established my identity as intern Agent ‘H’. I have been granted full access to the Bunker and archives.

In accordance with mission perimeters I will thoroughly document all classified operations and report details to you directly. All information contained in my mission briefs should be considered ‘Top Secret’ and handled in accordance with proper security protocols.

Orientation provided the opportunity to observe the machine room which remains operational. Hazards were present as the floor surfaces were often uneven, ceilings low and visibility limited in many sectors. Infiltration of the machine room is not advisable under current conditions. The machinery is uniquely structured to withstand direct impact, with generators being mounted to spring boards allowing movement to occur in case of ground impact. Venting also includes accordion style structures allowing the venting to shift and contract. As a result, a direct assault on the Bunker from ground level will likely have little impact on power and internal operations.

Further reports to follow once more information has been acquired.

Agent ‘H’

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The Diefenbunker started off strong in 2014 with a new website, new initiatives and a new vision for the year. Winter escaped us underground, and now – Spring has sprung and we’re sprouting new events like the grass above. April will close with a clever Easter Egg Hunt in our 100,000 sq/ft venue (talk about rewarding when you find the golden [chocolate] eggs!) on Saturday April 19th. This is for the young and young at heart. This event is included in the price of admission so come armed with your favourite colourful basket and pretend you’re a bunny super sleuth!

The following weekend on April 26th, we welcome for the next 6 months our resident artist, Gail Bourgeois and 125 of her cold war storytelling pieces that will be on display throughout our entire complex until the Fall. She tells a unique visual story, layering newspaper clippings, advertising and other imagery from the cold war era. “To warn other Canadians” is a title borrowed from something said by tour guide and museum Collections Manager, Doug Beaton: The bunker was put here to warn other Canadians. This refers to the role the bunker played in housing elements of the federal government in the event of a nuclear attack. Join Gail for a special tour of the facility described through the eyes of an artist.  Monthly tours are also planned so look to our website for updates.

May starts off with our first installment for this year’s Cold War Lecture Series: Canadian Cold War Submarine Patrols on May 8th. Join Commander (Ret’d) Robert Bush as he discusses the planning and execution of Canadian Cold War patrols, including some personal observations and other declassified examples of the interesting and exciting aspects of these operations. The presentation will concentrate on the Cold War period of Canadian submarine operations, during which time he served in the submarines of Canada, the UK and Australia.

On May 11th, to celebrate the mom’s of our community, we’re hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch & Tour. We’re inviting moms and their families of all ages to celebrate Mother’s Day like never before. Enjoy a buffet brunch in the Bank of Canada Vault, let the kids have an explosion of fun in Spy HQ and have a blast exploring our beautiful facility on our special women’s history themed tour. It’s sure to be a day to remember.

And finally in May we’re welcoming the long weekend by bringing back our Cold War Cinema event with a  Bond themed movie night underground. Join us for popcorn and a handsome man of mystery on our big-screen. Will it be a classic with Moore or Connery? Or something just as charming but with more gadgets like with Brosnan or Craig? We’re currently putting our feelers out to our social media community to see which movie is a fan favourite to play that night. Place your vote on our Facebook page or tweet us your suggestion!

The summer months are just as exciting with our annual “Doors Open” event, a huge and soon to be released Father’s Day event and Summer Spy Camp! With new details being populated every day, please visit our website often for complete details of all these events and information about the Diefenbunker.

Two Spies watch intensely as Ralph teaches them Morse Code

Two Spies watch intensely as Ralph teaches them Morse Code

It’s that time of year again: the Diefenbunker is now headquarters for groups of spies in training.

Spy Camp runs for 9 weeks this summer, and we’ve already graduated three great groups of new DiefenSpies!

The theme for week two of Spy Camp was Making and Breaking Codes. They say that to be the best, you have to learn from the best. When it comes to coding – what better place than the former most top secret military communications base?

We brought in an expert to teach our DiefenSpies the art of Morse Code.

Ralph Cameron has been a volunteer with us for three years. He’s an amateur radio operator at the Bunker’s station, VE3CWM, and an expert in Morse Code. He’s so fluent in Morse Code that he even listens to books on tape in code!

Spy learns how to communicate by Morse Code

A DiefenSpy learns how to communicate by Morse Code

Ralph came in to teach our campers how to spell their names in Morse Code by using the telegraph. Through this he is teaching them about a form of communication that has had a huge influence on the development of communications in Canada and the world. In its 33 years of operations, CFS Carp was a communication centre for the military, and the Diefenbunker preserves and important part of the history of communications.

As we start to see a generation of children with no firsthand knowledge of the Cold War, it is ever important to bridge the generational gap and share knowledge like Ralph’s.

Guess What???

There is still time to sign up for Spy Camp! Please visit our Spy Camp page on our website or give us a call: 613-839-0007.

Ottawa Museum Network LogoOn behalf of its member museums, the Ottawa Museum Network would like to thank the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their continued support of Ottawa’s local museums and heritage community. This “Top Ten” list highlights just a few of the successful projects and accomplishments that have been made possible as a result of the generous funding provided by our supporters.

1. Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War MuseumOn February 14th, the Diefenbunker held its first ever romantic evening underground, ‘Love Under Cover’. The event received an amazing response from the community and sold out as of the weekend before. The night included delicious food catered by Carp’s own The Chesire Cat Pub, specialty chocolates handcrafted by the chocolatier at The Swan, and a Cold War era movie. Visitors were also treated to the first viewing of material from a recent Oral History project. The short film Love and Duty featured former employees at of the Diefenbunker who discussed what it would have been like to leave their loved ones behind during a nuclear attack.

2. Vanier Museopark

Muséoparc: boy looking in sugar bucketThe Museopark’s team is currently planning the 2012 Maple Sugar Fest that will take place from Sunday, March 25 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. The activities will be held at 300 des Pères Blancs Avenue in Ottawa, just a couple of minutes away from Parliament Hill. This year, a diversified program will be presented. Close to 5000 people are expected to enjoy this event. Come savour some maple syrup with us!

3. Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn MuseumOn Monday February 20th (Family Day) the Goulbourn Museum held its annual Heritage Day Open House. Fifty-three guests explored the newly renovated pioneer exhibit, enjoyed light refreshments and mingled with Museum staff and members of the Board of Directors. Smaller visitors were kept busy with a variety of heritage-themed games including: building a miniature log cabin, creating a pioneer quilt out of paper, and discovering artefacts.

4. Billings Estate National Historic Site

Billings Estate National Historical SiteBillings Estate expanded its summer programming into the winter by offering Preschool Play Dates every Saturday morning in February.  The one-hour program gave kids between the ages of 2.5 and 4 years the opportunity to interact with the museum in a hands-on way, while learning about things like baking and the seasons, and how Ottawa’s pioneers approached these subjects.

5. Pinhey’s Point Historic Site

Pinhey's Point Historic SitePinhey’s Point continued its ever popular Snowshoeing Under the Stars program this winter, with four sessions offered.  Each hike explored the history of snowshoeing in Canada before delving into more theme-specific topics, like wildlife in the winter, First Nations history and how pioneers survived the winter.  The sessions were capped off with hot chocolate around a bonfire.

6. Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum

Osgoode Township Historical Society and MuseumThe Osgoode Township Museum hosted a wonderful Kids Craft Day at the beginning of the month, with children creating colourful dragons in honour of the Chinese New Year as well as a variety of Valentine “Love Bugs” to give to their friends on the 14th.  The museum also welcomed several children from the surrounding area for a PD Day Program which explored the mysterious creatures of myth and legend through games, crafts and other fun activities.  Several participants took part in our Hat-Making adult workshop, which was a great success, and everyone went home with a beautiful and unique headpiece!

7. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Cumberland Heritage Village MuseumCumberland Heritage Village Museum was the perfect winter wonderland for the Cumberland Community Association’s annual Winter Fest celebration! Over 300 visitors enjoyed sleigh rides, snow shoe relays, snowmen and snowball target practice whilst inside local favourites, ‘Corkery Road’ regaled the crowd with their Celtic tunes and stories.

8. Nepean Museum

Nepean MuseumFairfields and Nepean Museum staff participated in the Ottawa Carleton Elementary Teacher’s Federation (OCETF) P.D. day, highlighting educational programs and kits offered by the two sites. The “February Fling” event at Fairfields saw a full crowd for the program. In addition, the monthly Sunday “Family Zone” event “Costumes and Cameras” at Nepean Museum drew a capacity crowd, proof that our Family programming continues to grow in popularity.

9. Watson’s Mill

Watson's MillOn Monday February 20th Watson’s Mill hosted a Family Day/Heritage Day drop in with activities, exhibits and demonstrations the whole family could enjoy. Over 90 people popped in to play with heritage toys, create old fashioned tumble clowns and take part in a Tatting demonstration. In partnership with the Rideau Township Historical Society, an exhibit on Timothy Eaton was also a highlight for visitors to recall the good old days of shopping.

10. Bytown Museum

Bytown MuseumIn February the Bytown Museum actively participated in Winterlude. The museum hosted a tent on the canal during the weekends providing family activities and games.  In turn many people visited the museum as part of their Winterlude experience. Staff would like to thank all of the volunteers for coming out and helping with the set-up and activities and promotion of the museum. In addition to preparing and delivering quality programming and exhibitions, the museum has been engaged in organizational initiatives to enhance its ability to serve the Ottawa community.

Over the next couple months, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum will be undergoing a refresh project (AKA Operation Wake Sleeping Giant) with our online communications. One of the main goals of this project is to improve our visitor experience online.

The creation of this new blog is one small step in our greater online communications strategy. We will be republishing some blog posts from http://diefenblogger.blogspot.com. This way older posts will still be accessible to you from our new and improved blog.

Please be patient with us while we get up and running. Also, be sure to follow our blog (click on Follow in the right column under the header “Let our Blog Come to You!”) to watch this not-so-top-secret Operation unveil itself!

If you have any questions or feedback please be sure to contact our Marketing & Community Relations Manager, Kelly Eyamie, at marketing@diefenbunker.ca or 613-839-0007 x227.