A few weeks ago we took our army-obsessed five year old to the Diefenbunker in Carp. It was once a top-secret bunker built to protect the government during a nuclear attack and is now a museum and a National Historic Site of Canada. It’s open from 10:30 until 4 all summer and there are guided tours on the hour. Because our boys are 3 and 5 we chose to skip the tour (and avoid disrupting those participating) and with map in hand went on a self-guided tour of the four storey building.

Despite their relatively young ages they were fascinated by everything: the medical equipment, thick doors, old computers, and especially the State room with all it’s chairs and tables. It’s worth the drive out to Carp on a hot or rainy day to head underground into the cool bunker for a visit.