Craig Walker, 31, from Pierrefonds, and Raymond Adams, 34, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, died early Saturday evening after their canoe capsized in Lake of Two Mountains, near Oka.
Mike Walker, Craig's father, says his son was a dedicated family man.
He had a twin brother and came from a family of four boys. Craig was also a father of two young boys, aged six and eleven.
Mike, who is a pastor, often counsels members of his congregation in times like this.
Now he's dealing with his own grief.
“We have to go through those things. The moment we try to skirt around grief, we get into trouble … we have to walk through it," he said.
Fishermen likely got caught in a crosswind
Mike says his son was an experienced angler and fished year-round.
He said he spoke to his son before he left that morning, and then spoke with him again a little later, while he was on the boat.
"He’s not a risk taker," Mike said.
When Mike's wife called her son around noon to check in, and didn't get an answer, she immediately phoned the police.
"The wind was pretty high that day. So they probably got caught in a crosswind, that’s what I think happened.”
The families of both fisherman are still waiting for the autopsy results to find out more.
In the meantime, the public is being reminded to stay alert around waterways, which are still chilly from the spring thaw.