Sheila Gallant-Halloran

Made-to-measure travel; please, go away! :-)

Touring the Diefenbunker in Canada’s National Capital Region

Continuing with the Doors Open Ottawa weekend, my family toured the Diefenbunker just outside of Ottawa in Carp.  It is Canada’s Cold War Museum, and was certainly a little scary for my two girls (and us).

Built to sustain top ranking government officials in the event of a nuclear attack, it is a scary place to think about, but especially scary to enter.  It’s creation and location were once secret, but it is now a museum.  See

Everything is preserved from the 1950s and 60s, and there is over 100,000 square feet in size, four storeys underground.

The complex was built to be totally self-sufficient. The thickness of the doors certainly gives you a clue that no one is getting in unless invited.  There’s an operating room, food stashes, ham radio equipment, and everything needed to run a government and enable the military in times of a nuclear attack.

Most scary was the wall with the rings of destruction circled on the Ottawa area map.

Where do you live in the blast zone?

Go visit the Diefenbunker in Carp, just outside of Ottawa, and see the helicopter pad, and the reinforced steel bunkers. It’s amazing.


June 7, 2011 - Posted by | Lush Life Destinations


  1. Nice post! Looks like it was interesting:) Hope that you are having a nice week so far, Sheila!
    You probably get loads of offers from hotels and places to travel, but if your family ever wants to come to Florida, that would be fun to meet you and your crew. We live about an hour outside Orlando and about 35 minutes outside Tampa. Legoland is opening here in the fall and is 45 minutes away from us.
    We love to travel too! We homeschool our boys because the schools here are horrible. We fit in lots of neat trips so it looks like you do the same with your family.
    I have enjoyed getting to read your tweets and your blog and think you are a very nice, professional person. Not sure if you followed all that went down yesterday regarding Melissa and Doug, but I did a post about it, as they have been fabulous to me and to my family. Cannot believe how some chose to slam them when they are such an honorable company! Her is the link to my post:
    Well, I admire how you conduct yourself on Twitter and try to do the same.
    Have a nice week!
    @F5th on Twitter

    Comment by Colleen - Sunrise Learning Lab | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you kindly, Colleen. What a wonderful compliment. I really appreciate it.

    We get to Florida often, but usually Orlando (Disney).

    Sorry to hear about your friends’ experience. The danger of social media is when people forget the social angle, isn’t it? Sometimes folks are much more nasty than they ever would be in person. Need to always be mindful that it’s permanent, and should be used for good. 🙂

    Have a great night!

    Comment by sheila gallant-halloran | June 7, 2011 | Reply

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