On the weekend I did something really romantic...I went to the Diefenbunker! If you don't know what I'm talking about here's a quick blurb from the museum website:
"The Diefenbunker was commissioned by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959, as part of his government’s reaction to escalating tensions in the Cold War. The purpose of the bunker was to house key members of the government and military in the event of a nuclear attack on Canada. The safety of its nuclear roof would allow the Canadian government to operate safely underground for 30 days in order to assist with the governance and rebuilding of the country. A series of Emergency Government Headquarters bunkers were built across Canada and, as the largest, the federal government bunker would come to be known as the Central Emergency Government Headquarters (CEGHQ Carp)."
...or you can go to http://www.diefenbunker.ca/rustic/bunker_video.php?langID=en for an original video by the Cold War Era Government.
So basically we have an underground city built on the outskirts of Ottawa in case of Nuclear strike. Since the passing of the Cold War its been made into a museum simply because its too neat (and too much tax payer's dollar were spent) to just shut it up and forget it. To get in you have to walk through this enormous tunnel which is pictured below (it was waaaayyyy too cold on the weekend for me to stop and take a picture so this is from the website)
|The Medical Clinic was the first stop.|