Ryan Bjolverud drowned on Sunday when his canoe capsized on Columbia Lake and he tried to swim to shore.
RCMP have confirmed Bjolverud was not wearing a life-jacket and alcohol was a factor.
Calgary fire Chief Steve Dongworth says the firefighter's father is an assistant deputy chief with the Calgary Fire Department so it's a tough time for members.
Bjolverud was in his third year with the department and was working in different stations.
Funeral arrangements were being made.
"He was a very proud, enthusiastic firefighter is all I can say today," Dongworth said Monday.
"We have an exceptional group of people and Ryan was one of those exceptional people."
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