National Volunteer Week: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week by highlighting our member organizations who rely on volunteers to sustain their services and programs. This is the fifth installation in our series and today we are celebrating  The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum


Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada.

This 100, 000 square foot, 4 level complex is opened to the public by guided and self guided tours. They have a dynamic range of volunteer interpreters who dedicate their time, efforts, and often memories of the Cold War, to over 45,000 visitors a year.

Experienced volunteer guides bring visitors through this former secret site, down the blast tunnel, into the War Cabinet room, the Bank of Canada Vault, the CBC emergency radio room, the original cafeteria, and the morgue, so people can see the art of interpreting Canada’s living history!

Here is what people had to say about volunteers at the Diefenbunker!Volunteering

“Our volunteer guide, Lorne, was a gold mine of information. We really got to understand the importance of the facility, and how it operated.”

“I really appreciate the effort made by our guide, Mike, to make it feel the 1960s!”

The Diefenbunker’s volunteers really do bring you back in time. Be sure to check it out for yourself!

Join the Underground and Volunteer!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Diefenbunker, they’re always looking for volunteers to:

  • Act as tour guides
  • Help build displays
  • Assist with administration
  • Help maintain the building and site
  • Help with collections management

They also have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for High School Students including:Volunteers at Spy Camp

  • summer day camps
  • kids’ birthday parties
  • guided tours

To learn more about Diefenbunker and to volunteer visit the Diefenbunker’s page on the Volunteer Ottawa website.


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