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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 tagcatch a movie, or play a private video 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.

Debert Diefenbunker doors entryway

Mission:

Building the future while honouring our past.

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. 

Learn more about our community involvement.

A man in Cold War era uniform stands on top of the bunker

History

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.

As the Second World War looms, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders arrive in Debert to clear land and begin construction of CFS Debert.

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.

The detonation of the first nuclear bomb, Trinity, on 16 July, 1945, marks the start of the Atomic Age.

The Cold War begins in earnest when US President Harry Truman pits the USA and its allies against Communism.

John Diefenbaker becomes Prime Minister of Canada. He leads the only Progressive Conservative victory between the years 1930 and 1979.

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.

Construction begins on the Regional Government Headquarters at CFS Debert.

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.

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.

In 2005 the bunker houses the Regional Gliding School (Atlantic) headquarters.

A private company purchases the bunker and briefly advertises it as a secure data facility.

Jonathan Baha’i purchases the bunker in a tax sale – big plans are underway! Several companies move into the bunker in the following years.

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!

A sign inside the Debert Diefenbunker reads "Control room"
A happy smiling tour guide stands next to the Debert Diefenbunker's 1960s era control panel
an open drawer displays blueprints of the Debert Diefenbunker from Enter the Bunker

Meet the Team

Jonathan Baha'i

President

Tyler Fields

Events Coordinator

Penny Puddester

Executive Assistant

Kelly Caddell

Bunker Experience Representative

Shanlon Gilbert

Graphic Designer

Fallout Complex logo, Debert Diefenbunker

Enter the Bunker works closely with the building staff to create all of our experiences. Learn more about Fallout Complex here

Come on down underground

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© Enter the Bunker, 2019