Historic Tours

Experience a piece of Canadian Cold War history!

Tour a piece of Canadian Cold War History

Come visit Nova Scotia’s biggest Cold War bunker and learn about Canadian Civil Defence.

The Debert Diefenbunker is open to the public! This historic, formerly top-secret nuclear fallout shelter is now a tourist attraction you can visit any time of year. Located in Debert, just ten minutes from downtown Truro, this 64, 000 square foot underground military site provides a fascinating day trip. Visit the military museum at the end of the street, and watch the airplanes soar above the CFS Debert airfield, before descending into the bunker for an hour-long adventure through a Canadian Cold War relic. 

 

A look behind the blast doors

The bunker has been renovated to provide office space to businesses, and entertainment for families, but you will still find plenty of original details and objects to explore. Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through both levels of this historic complex, showing you some of the highlights of bunker operations. You will see original equipment, maps, and rations from when the bunker was active, and explore spaces even employees never got to see. This is the only remaining regional bunker the public is free to visit. 

 

A bunker for every season

Being underground, a little rain or snow doesn’t bother us. The bunker is open year-round for tours and other activities. Looking for something to do in winter? The bunker is warm and cozy, with a boiler capable of producing 1.6 million BTUs of heat! Our air conditioning systems were built to withstand fallout conditions, so a little cold never bothered us. We also have a perfect slope for sledding outside - so don’t forget to bring that toboggan! 

In the summer it’s a lovely walk to the top of the bunker to watch the planes and gliders at the nearby airfield. You can also visit the nearby trail at Mi’kmawey Debert and learn more about the history of the land.

 

We acknowledge this is indigenous land

The bunker is located in Mi’kmaki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. We believe it is important to acknowledge this fact to better understand the bunker’s place in history, and as a necessary step towards truth and reconciliation. This is why we begin each tour with a land acknowledgement. To learn more about the Mi’kmaq and the history of this land, visit Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre  just down the road, or stop in at the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre near Truro. 

 

Public and private tours available

Our public tours run at pre-scheduled times. Tickets start at $15 per adult and $10 per child, and can be booked ahead on our website, here. Please book ahead to ensure your space. Tours are subject to cancellation without notice if there are no bookings. 

If you have a larger group, or are looking for a tour outside of our normal hours, we also offer private tours! These start at $150 taxes in for groups as large as 15. If you bundle your tour with another experience, you will receive a further discount. 

School and nonprofit rates available. Contact us for more information. 


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FAQ

How much does it cost?

Just $15 per adult, taxes in.


Kids 15 and under $10 each. Children 5 and under FREE.

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