I’ve been a fan of Escape Manor for awhile - I tried one of their rooms (The Cellar, if you’re wondering) in the first few weeks they opened, and have tried three more since then. I also really love the movie Dr. Strangelove, so all of this added up to a mighty need for me to go try the Escape Room at the Diefenbunker.
I had never actually been, which is a tragedy, because I dig that scene. An era where it was okay to drink scotch during working hours whilst fearing imminent death by nuclear explosion for some reason has great appeal to me.
I am going to attempt to remain as spoiler-free as possible, so let me just say: we were in a group of 12 people and that was a good idea, because when they say that this is the biggest escape room in Canada, they ain’t lying. And because it is an actual museum, the authenticity of the staging is obviously amazing.
This particular escape isn’t the GET OUT AT ALL COSTS, WRECK EVERYTHING kind of thing that the other Escape Manor rooms truck in, because it is a museum full of history and don’t break their shit, man. Follow the directions. Have some finesse. Have fun. I did.
If you’re a fan of escape rooms, this is some next-level stuff. Round up 12 of your closest friends that you don’t mind snapping at under pressure, or join in with a rag-tag group of people that you will inevitably hate or become best friends with (in my experience there is no middle ground there).
And a parting note: the Cheshire Cat Pub in Carp is fantastic. The food was delicious, the amount of beers and ciders to choose from was fun, and our server was a super nice guy named Jeff who had kind of a Bruce Springsteeney vibe to him. Thumbs. Up.