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Opening up the Diefenbunker

The Story

For years, this emergency government hideaway was a top secret station designed to house political leaders in case of attack. But the Cold War has thawed into neutrality with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Now, the bunker is open for inspection. A bank of Canada vault, an operating room, the CBC announcer booth, and sleeping quarters fill the four floors of the underground Diefenbunker. CBC Television takes a close look inside this Cold War relic.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Jan. 22, 1994
Guest(s): Barbara Massé
Host: Wendy Mesley, Kevin Newman
Reporter: Cory O'Kelly
Duration: 4:36

Did You know?

• In 1994, the Diefenbunker was designated a National Historic Site and decommissioned by the Department of National Defence in 1994. In 1998, it reopened as Canada's Cold War Museum.
• The Diefenbunker has also doubled as a movie set. The opening scene in the Tom Clancy movie The Sum of All Fears was filmed inside the bunker.


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