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ORAPEX is the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic EXhibition. 2018 will mark the 57th edition 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 5 - 6, 2018

RA Centre
2451 Riverside Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4

Free admission and parking.

For travel info, click the 'Directions' button above.
Please book your accommodations early, as this is a busy weekend!
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ORAPEX 2018 Theme:

Each year, ORAPEX has a theme. For the 2017 show, the theme was Ships and Ship Mail – Building a Nation.

ORAPEX boasts about 40 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 2017)

Saturday, May 6
10:00Show opens Curling rink
11:00-12:00BNAPS Christmas Study Group meeting
Group discussion: Santa letters and Canada Post Executive Staff Christmas Greeting Cards
Courtside A
12:15-13:00Meeting of Stamp Community Family online forum members attending ORAPEX 2017 Confederation Lounge
13:30-15:00Canadian Aerophilatelic Society meeting Courtside B
15:00-16:00BNAPS St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group Meeting
Presentation (Chris Anstead): The Colonization Roads of Eastern Ontario
Courtside A
16:00-17:00Presentation (Earle Covert): The Beginnings and evolution of Canada's Illustrated Permit Mail Courtside B
18:00Show closes
18:30Awards Reception
Wine and Cheese - $15 tickets available at the Welcome Desk (subject to availability)
Confederation Lounge
Sunday, May 7
8:00-10:00Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada
PSSC Members' breakfast
Outaouais Room
10:00Show opens Curling rink
10:00-12:00Judges' Feedback Session Courtside A
12:00-13:30RPSC exhibiting/judging seminar Courtside A
13:00-14:00BNAPS Squared Circles Study Group meeting
Host: Bruce Kalbfleisch
Courtside B
14:00-15:00American Topical Association meeting
Courtside A
15:00-15:45Meet the exhibitors at their exhibits Curling rink
16:00Show closes