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ORAPEX 2023, the Ottawa Regional Association of Philatelic Exhibitions, whose theme was "Definitives," was a resounding success.

Our theme for 2024 is “Marcophily/Postmarks.” 2024 will mark the 61st anniversary of this show, which is managed by volunteers drawn from the RA Stamp Club, the Amicale des philatélistes de l'Outaouais, the Ottawa Philatelic Society and related philatelic societies and organizations. ORAPEX is one of only a few national-level stamp shows held annually in Canada and is part of the American Philatelic Society's "World Series of Philately."

May 4 10am-6pm
May 5 10am-4pm

Nepean Sportsplex
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1W2

Free admission and parking. Check out our dealers on the Bourse page and the 2023 exhibits that you can see at the show on the Exhibiting page.

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Please book your accommodations early, as this is a busy weekend!
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ORAPEX boasts about 35 stamp dealers in its bourse and runs an impressive series of society meetings, seminars and study groups. Bring your children to the Youth Booth to get them started on collecting! The show's awards reception is a highlight of the weekend and a great chance for everyone to socialize after the exhibits have been judged. (Awards Reception tickets will be available at the Welcome Booth at the show.) Please join us as we celebrate philately -- the hobbies of stamp collecting and postal history collecting.

Schedule of Events (ORAPEX 2023)

Saturday, May 6
10:00 Show opens
Official Ribbon Cutting by Ottawa City Councillor Sean Divine
Curling rink
11:00-12:00 Selling on eBay
François Grenier, President, Amicale des philatélistes de l’Outaouais, provides information and tips on selling extra stamps on EBay. This session is in French and English.
Hall C
13:00-14:30 PHSC Presentation: Michael Powell
Great War POW Camps in Canada
Hall C
14:30-15:30 Keep Me Posted: The World of Stamps on Social Media
Lisa Berthin of StampCat Stamps YouTube channel, discusses the world of online philately and stamp collecting on social media, including online trends like #xtremephilately.
Hall D
14:30-16:00 BNAPS Presentation: Chris Anstead
A story of 19th century entrepreneurship - The Building of the Rathbun Empire.
Hall C
16:00-17:00 Grégoire Teyssier
Launch of the French version of Dr. David Piercey’s book “Let’s Talk Exhibiting”.
Curling Rink
South Wall
18:00 Show closes
18:45-22:00 Awards Dinner
(East Indian and Canadian food).
Tickets $45 at the Welcome Desk. Cash Bar
East India Co. Restaurant
(1993 Robertson Rd)
Sunday, May 7
10:00 Show opens Curling rink
10:00-11:30 PSSC Presentation: Doug Irwin
"Clues to the Engraving Process from 1949 Progressive Die Proofs"
Hall C
10:00-11:30 Canada Post
History of the Santa Letter Writing Program and the 2023 Stamp Program
Hall D
11:30-13:30 Judges' Feedback Session Hall C
13:30-14:30 BNAPS Squared Circles Study Group meeting
Host: Rick Friesen
Hall C
13:30-14:30 Evolution of the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps
Robin Harris provides a year-by-year look at features added to the Unitrade catalogue since 2005.
Hall D
14:30-16:00 Canadian Aerophilatelic Society
Hall C
15:00-15:45 Meet the exhibitors at their frames Curling rink
16:00 Show closes