Elliott Barnes had a horse ranch in the Saskatchewan Valley which he named Kadonna Tinda (Stoney for Windy Plains). In 1906, when he was only eight years old, Elliott Barnes Jr. climbed the mountain above the ranch and it was named in his honour the following year.
An accomplished photographer, Elliott Barnes Sr. only spent the summers ranching on this now submerged part of the Kootenay Plains. Silas Abraham, after whose family the Lake is named, looked after the operation during the times that Elliott was away. But winter conditions in the mountains, it turned out, did not suit the purebred Clydesdale horses he was raising there and after three years he moved his operation to a ranch near Calgary. It was in his cabin below Elliott Peak that Samson Beaver drew the map that Mary Schaffer followed to Maligne Lake the following summer.