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The Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion

The goal of the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion is to highlight the importance of trees and forests in our lives
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lise Servant)

The Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion, set in the northeast corner of the Montréal Botanical Garden, opened its doors in July 1996.

The goal of the Tree Pavilion is to highlight the importance of trees and forests in our lives and showcase the Arboretum's collections.

The Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion is located on Rosemont Boulevard, between 28th and 29th Avenue, east of Pie-IX Boulevard.

Address for paratransit: 4500, boul. Rosemont. Please do not use as postal address.

The Rosemont Boulevard gate is open until 6 p.m.

Opening Hours of the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion

May 15 to October 31, 2016  Every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion introduces visitors to the scientific, ecological, economic, artistic and cultural dimensions of trees, in both cities and forests.

Through its outreach activities it makes people aware of the roles played by trees in different aspects of our lives, and in the ecological balance of many ecosystems.


During the summer, discover the best-kept secret of the Tree Pavilion: the extensive collection of miniaturized trees on display in the Courtyard of North American bonsai.

Also don't miss the various activities offered to the general public, as well as to students.

To round out your visit, take a tour of path around the tree pavilion pond and explore the impressive collections of trees in the Arboretum.

See the calendar of activities at the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion.


The architectural design is based on an interpretation of the tree shape symbolizing a pillar.

In keeping with the theme of the site, wood in different forms and worked in different ways was used as the basic material.

Local wood, from species found in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, has pride of place.

White pine, balsam fir, white spruce, sugar maple, yellow birch and Douglas fir were all used in the structure or finish. The supporting beams, large pieces of laminated white spruce, were made especially for the Tree Pavilion.

The arrangement of space and volumes is inspired by three major shapes from the classic garden repertory, i.e. the alley, path and grotto.

The alley

The laminated wood columns supporting the roof of the Tree Pavilion represent the royal alley, lined with straight rows of trees. The alley continues outdoors, onto an observation deck.

The path

The permanent exhibition room is bathed in natural light and looks out onto the Arboretum, its sinuous shape evoking a romantic path on the edge of the forest.

The grotto

The temporary exhibition room, more shadowy and without any windows, is like a mysterious cavern full of treasures waiting to be discovered.

The description of the architecture of the Frédéric Back Tree Pavilion was inspired by an article by Simon Péloquin, published in Quatre-Temps magazine (Vol. 21, No. 2, summer 1997).

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