Undeterred by a weakening economy and warnings to curb their borrowing, Canadians pulled out their credit cards and piled on more debt at the end of last year.
A sense of sunny optimism pervaded the Agriculture Building at Stampede Park on Tuesday, one day before the opening of the 115th annual Calgary Bull Sale.
Canadians defied the bitter weather, a lower dollar and the collapse in crude prices to turn up at the auto dealership this February.
Strong demand in Metro Vancouver - Canada's hottest real estate region - has pushed typical detached home prices past the $1-million mark, with February sales well above average.
When the world's miners head for Toronto each year to attend their industry's annual conference, they arrive with certain expectations.