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The legendary Diefenbunker Cold War Bunker 

A significant edition of modern civilisation's history is the Cold War & the shift in Technology that it brought about. The Arms Race also brought about various strategic & secret actions, one of which is the Diefenbunker Shelter. 

The Diefenbunker shelter was built to accommodate key Canadian Government & Military officials in the event of a Nuclear attack on the capital city. It is located about 30 kms away from the downtown Parliament Hill region - 

 

Complete details - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Government_Headquarters

 

The drive leading upto the bunker (even today) is a narrow stretch bereft of any busy behaviour & is indicative of why this site was chosen for it. 

The entry to the bunker is a hallowed tunnel (which in winter time produces an eerie sound as you walk through it!) which is perpendicular to the entry, making it safe from a blast shockwave - 

diefenbunker tunnel

The bunker itself is a very nice tour to go over and understand the challenges folks in that era had to undergo in terms of preparation for an imminent nuclear attack. This can cause a bit of claustrophobic tendencies, but is a recommended visit to understand history.

Here are some pics to whet your appetite - 

diefenbunker blast test portrait

The control room housing an IBM telecommunications server - 

diefenbunker ibm server

 

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