I bought this book just prior to moving to Ottawa. It was a worthwhile investment! Unlike some of the other guides, it concentrates on activities and destinations that are of interest to families and rates them based on their enjoyment level for kids, their learning opportunities, and cost. They list facilities available (picnic tables, restrooms,playgrounds, etc) which is definitely important when planning an all day outing with kids. The author also lists hours, prices and methods to contact an attraction, mentions near-by places of interest, and gives detailed directions from a prominent location (Parliament Hill). A wonderful guide! I hope it is updated later to include festivals for 2001 and 2002.