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ORAPEX is the Ottawa RA Centre Philatelic EXhibition. 2016 will mark the 55th 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."

April 30 - May 1, 2016

RA Centre
2451 Riverside Dr.
Ottawa, Ontario

Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-4

Free admission and parking.

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ORAPEX 2016 Theme: Aerophiletely

Photograph of the early morning preparations for Captain Peck's departure from the Bois-Franc Polo Grounds in Montréal on Monday, 24 June 1918. The gentlemen in the picture are not specifically identified, but the sponsors of the flight, Mr. George Lighthall, President, and Mr. Edmund Greenwood, Treasurer, both of the Aerial League of the British Empire, Montreal Branch are in this photograph. The Curtiss JN-4 used for the flight, C203, is in the background.

At ORAPEX 2016, we will honour Chris Hargreaves for his contributions to aerophilately.

Each year, ORAPEX has a theme. For the 2016 show, the theme will be Aerophilately.

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

Saturday, April 30
10:00Show opens Curling rink
13:00-14:45Postal History Society of Canada
Annual General Meeting
"Small Queen Postal History" by Guillaume Vadeboncoeur
Outaouais Room
13:00-16:00Académie Québécoise de Philatélie
"Memel: Timbres de France surchargés" by Alain Bossard,
"La jonque, le moissonneur et le portail de Confucius (China issues of 1913-1936)" by Pierre Baulu
Courtside A
15:00-16:00BNAPS St. Lawrence Seaway Regional Group Meeting
"Air Mail Along the St. Lawrence" by Chris Hargreaves
Outaouais Room
18:00Show closes
18:30Awards Reception
Wine and Cheese - $10 tickets available at the Welcome Desk (subject to availability)
Confederation Lounge
Sunday, May 1
8:00-10:00Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada
PSSC Members' breakfast (SOLD OUT)
Outaouais Room
10:00Show opens Curling rink
11:00-12:30Judges' Feedback Session Courtside A
12:45-13:45BNAPS Squared Circles Study Group
Host: Bruce Kalbfleisch
Courtside A
13:00-14:00Canadian Aerophilatelic Society
Annual Meeting
Outaouais Room
14:00-15:00American Topical Association
Join ATA Ambassador Larry Davidson for a presentation "Thematic Collecting and the ATA"
Courtside A
15:00-15:45Meet the exhibitors at their exhibits Curling rink
16:00Show closes