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Test your nerves this Halloween at the Diefenbunker

By Kenneth Ingram on October 28, 2015


If you have first aid training, experience with weapons, or you’re the type who just happens to be good with numbers, Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure will put your skills – and nerves – to the test this Halloween at the Diefenbunker.

Located in Carp about 15 minutes from the Canadian Tire Centre, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has partnered with The Haunted Walk of Ottawa for the fourth year to welcome more than 60 zombies inside the bunker (on weekends only).

“There are definitely some scary moments but it’s meant to be in the spirit of fun,” says Glen Shackleton, CEO and founder of Haunted Walks Inc.

“It’s a pretty impressive set-up,” he adds, noting that there is a lot of emphasis on making the tour as interactive as possible by combining various puzzles, twists, and surprises. ??“We get a lot of really enthusiastic volunteers helping us with it as well as our Haunted Walks storytellers to bring it all together.”

Standing outside the bunker on a helicopter pad as chips of paint peel from the pavement, we meet our guide who takes us inside the dim-lit Diefenbunker, following her through a variety of spaces not limited to the infirmary, computer room, cafeteria, and Bank of Canada vault — located far below the surface.

We’re not alone, of course. And while the guide will occasionally check to make sure no one has been scratched or bitten by a zombie, be selective with who you visit the bunker with:

“I got scratched!” yells one of the visitors.

“But it was from her — when she grabbed me,” she adds, pointing to a friend walking very close beside her.

View our interview with volunteer zombies below:



Poster_Contributed with permission to useRemaining dates: are October 31st and November 1st 2015. Tickets are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tours average one hour in length and begin at 2pm, departing every 15 minutes.
Last tour begins shortly after 4pm.

Apt613 recommends that guests dress in layers as the temperature inside the bunker ranges from cool to boiler-room hot. Smaller children may take fright. A strobe light is also used on site.

Visit The Haunted Walk of Ottawa website for tickets and availability including other haunted walks in the downtown Ottawa area.