Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Here we see the entrance to the bunker facility. This enclosure would have been built after the original structure since it would not have withstood a nuclear blast. The air raid siren pictured outside the museum is on loan from the Canadian War Museum.
Canadian Forces Station CARP: Sign at the Diefenbunker entrance which lists the structure as belonging to the Department of National Defence. DND operated the facility until 1994 when it was decommissioned and its contents removed. The structure was subsequently sold to the West Carlton Township, where a board of community volunteers began to organize a preservation strategy.
Entering the Blast Tunnel: The blast tunnels were engineered to keep the blast waves from a nuclear explosion moving along a particular pathway and not damaging the structure of the bunker itself
Inside the Diefenbunker – on Level 1 was located the infirmary and several other offices that have been re-purposed as museum exhibit spaces. The stripes painted on the columns are meant to give the illusion of more space in the constricted hallway areas.
Reconstructed Medical Theatre. Much of this equipment is not original to the facility, such as the large autoclave depicted in the centre of the picture.
Decontamination Process: hand held radiation counter
Computing Control Centre: notice the ancient equipment circa 1960’s
Floppy disk drive: That is one large floppy disk!
Emergency Preparedness Briefing Room: Notice the old style computing equipment and office furniture
Control Centre for Emergency Preparedness. This is where crucial information about the situation would be broadcast and disseminated to fallout shelters and government facilities in regions across Canada.
phone call anyone? This small room was allocated to personnel to make phone calls outside of the bunker. A secure line would have been used. The furniture here is not the original, but rather collected by museum staff and volunteers over the years to give visitors a sense of what the facility might have looked like.
Reconstructed Office Space: The original furniture from the facility had been dispersed by the Department of National Defence when they decommissioned the facility in 1994. Since that time, museum staff and volunteers have been working to gather similar historical items that would represent the original furnishings. Given that the facility was in operation for over 40 years, the furnishings would also have changed over time.