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The 4-D Experience

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Now Playing:

Coastal Predators
A 4-D Experience

It is the greatest gathering of ocean predators on the planet. Dolphins, sharks,whales and seals converge to feast along the breathtaking South African coast for an astonishing underwater Armageddon. Each year billions of sardines are pushed into the shallows as the ocean’s most incredible animals forego natural instincts towards each other to come together for a common quest. Stunning visuals and high octane action with 4-D effects bring this great spectacle to life as you dive into this feeding frenzy of epic proportions.

Coming Soon:

Shark: A 4-D Experience®
(and we mean… experience)!

Launching March 17, 2018

Come face to face with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious shark species. These extraordinarily intelligent underwater giants each exhibit unique behaviors to navigate their ever-changing environment. Essential to the fragile balance of our ocean’s health, Shark: A 4-D Experience® explores the complex nature of these majestic creatures’ survival instincts. And, it’s included in your Vancouver Aquarium admission!


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Please Note


Aquarium show schedules change on a daily basis. Please check with us before planning your visit around any individual show.


We recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to the show time as spaces are limited. Late admittances to the theatre will not be accepted as the doors are locked once the show begins.



Our 4-D shows are accessible for all audiences and include:

  • wheelchair access entry
  • 4 wheelchair spots
  • Printed scripts of 4-D shows upon request
  • Assisted listening headsets and closed captioning units are available upon request

Immerse Yourself In
Our 4-D Experience


4-D Screen

With larger-than-life images that leap right out of the screen, the 4-D experience is your chance to look at marine animals in a whole new way.



Immerse yourself in a herd of plodding elephants or a flock of cawing birds, with surround sound that puts you in the middle of the action.



Catch a whiff of the scents that will further immerse you in the 4-D experience, with customized smells for various shows.



A variety of innovative technology creates vibration, shaking and rumbling in sync with the effects on screen.



Exciting flashes of light take place to mimic lightening and other bright natural phenomena.



Various effects like wind, mist, snow and bubbles imitate elements of weather and will awaken your senses.

NOTE:  The 4-D Experience may not be appropriate for children under four or for people with light sensitivities, back issues, or scent allergies. Please consult a staff member if you have any concerns. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times inside the theatre and in the Aquarium galleries.


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