Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Monday, 19 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018 - Diefenbunker

On a day when skiing would have been an anti-climax, as it's 5°C and raining in Ottawa, Ken was despatched for his last week at work and Helen, Sue and I paid a visit to Canada's Cold War Museum.

The Diefenbunker complex was constructed in the late 1950s when the Cold War was at its height. I remember well the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. There were about 100 people employed here, with scope for over 500 people to shelter from a nuclear blast for a month. The desk shown above is in the President's Prime Minister's Office. Thankfully it was never needed, the only president Prime Minister in office who visited the site being Pierre Trudeau.

The site was decommissioned in 1994 and now houses this interesting underground museum on four levels.


Anonymous said...

It is the Prime Minister in Canada. We don't have a President except at Loblaws...

Phreerunner said...

Apologies. Of course it should read 'Prime Minister.
I'll edit the text when I get home!

AlanR said...

It looks like it was only built yesterday.

Anonymous said...

Good work!