Welcome to the Bunker
Enter the Bunker is a modern entertainment venue housed in a historic Cold War-era nuclear fallout shelter. We are located in Debert, Nova Scotia, just 10 minutes outside of Truro. Although originally built to shelter high-ranking military personnel in the event of nuclear attack, the bunker is now open to the public. You can play laser tag, catch a movie, or watch the big game on our 203” screen. Why not test your puzzle-solving skills as the USA or USSR in our one-of-a-kind War Games escape rooms!
In addition to modern entertainment, we offer historic tours of our 64,000 square foot underground fallout shelter. We also have a collection of artifacts from the Cold War era. This collection is currently being accessioned and organized to museum standards.
There’s something for everyone when you Enter the Bunker. So if you’re looking for something to do, check our schedule and stop on by.
Mission and Vision
Enter the Bunker provides premium historical entertainment experiences.
We maximise creative innovation by empowering our team to produce exciting, one-of-a-kind experiences inspired by the bunker and its story. We will use our success to lead growth and economic development in the local community.
We are building the future while honouring our past.
For over 10,000 years this area has been part of Mi’kmaki, the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq. These are the ancestral and unceded lands of the Mi’kmaq people. To learn more, visit the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre down the street. You can also visit the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre, near Truro.
1939 – First Troops Arrive in Debert
As the Second World War looms, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders arrive in Debert to clear land and begin construction of CFS Debert.
1941 – CFS Debert Opens
Canadian troops on their way to Europe via the east coast stop off in Debert first. While here, they prepare for deployment, practicing at the shooting range. From here they are sent to Halifax via train. Once in Halifax they board their ships to Europe.
1945 – The Atomic Age Begins
The detonation of the first nuclear bomb, Trinity, on 16 July, 1945, marks the start of the Atomic Age.
1947 – The Truman Doctrine
The Cold War begins in earnest when US President Harry Truman pits the USA and its allies against Communism.
1958 – Dief the Chief
John Diefenbaker becomes Prime Minister of Canada. He leads the only Progressive Conservative victory between the years 1930 and 1979.
1959 – CFS Carp
Construction begins on the Central Emergency Government Headquarters in Carp, just outside Ottawa. This “Diefenbunker” is now a national historic site of Canada, and houses the Canadian Cold War Museum.
1960 – CFS Debert
Construction begins on the Regional Government Headquarters at CFS Debert.
1964 – Construction Complete
The Debert Diefenbunker opens in 1964 – and is already obsolete. Despite this, the site remains operational. The military continues using the shelter as a communications centre.
1998 – Decommissioned
The Debert bunker is officially decommissioned by the military. Because access is no longer restricted, the Debert Military Museum is able to offer tours of the facility.
2005 – Cadets
In 2005 the bunker houses the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) headquarters.
2008 – Private Sale
A private company purchases the bunker and briefly advertises it as a secure data facility.
2012 – New Life
Jonathan Baha’i purchases the bunker in a tax sale – big plans are underway! Several companies move into the bunker in the following years.
2018 – Enter the Bunker
With renovations underway, the Debert Diefenbunker opens to the public once again. As of 2018, Enter the Bunker offers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences, corporate bookings, historical tours, and more.
The bunker is back, and it’s better than ever!