Pumpkin Carving Contest 2018

Our Bristol locations participated in a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Halloween the year. Our panel of judges at head office declared our Markham office the winner!

Check out some of our entries below.

First Place Winner – Markham

Second Place Winners – Scarborough and Milton


Other participating office entries;






New Location in Pickering!

Well, we’ve done it again. We’ve welcomed another location to our Bristol family.  This time we’ve opened in Pickering, ON.
Our newest rental office is located at 2059 Bayly Street in Pickering, which is at the corner of Bayley and Church Street.
It’s situated perfectly on the border of Pickering and Ajax so we can easily service both areas.

You can call our Pickering office directly at (905) 427-9990 OR you can book online at by click here – Reservation Centre.

For Hours of Operation, Maps, and more about our Pickering Rental Centre visit their webpage – Pickering Location.



Giving the Gift of Hockey

The Richmond Hill Hockey Association along with its families, donated over 55 bags of hockey equipment to the Beausoleil First Nations.  It also took a lot of work for them to get it moved up to Cedarpoint then onto the Christian Island Ferry.  Bristol Car and Truck Rentals was so pleased to be able to be the truck rental supplier of such a great cause to transport the hockey equipment.  What a great idea and effort from the Richmond Hill Hockey Association.

The story aired on CTV News.  Click on the clip below to view.

Or view here –https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1313707&binId=1.1272429&playlistPageNum=1


Got into an accident? Here’s what to do…

According to Safe Driving Canada, 1 in 3 Canadians will be in an auto collision sometime in their lifetime. It’s never a good to be involved in a vehicle collision, but now you’ll know what steps to take at the scene of an accident.

If you are involved in an accident, try your best to stay calm. It can be very scary; however you need to check and see if there are any injuries first. If anyone is hurt, call 911 to get assistance immediately.

Do NOT leave the scene.  Failing to remain at a scene of an accident could result in a ticket up to $2000 and seven demerit points.

If no one is injured, in Ontario, you only need to contact the Police if the combined damage to a vehicle and/or property exceeds $2000.
Additionally, you must call police if the following is involved;

  • Danger to motorists at the scene of the collision
  • Personal injury
  • Any criminal activity, such as impaired driving or stolen vehicles
  • A government vehicle of any kind
  • A vehicle which is transporting dangerous goods
  • Damage to third-party property, such as a parked car
  • Damage to private, municipal or highway property
  • A pedestrian or cyclist

If the damage is below $2000 of damage, and if it is safe to drive your vehicle, you can proceed to a Collision Reporting Centre.  You must go to a Reporting Centre in the CITY that the accident occurred in, NOT at a Reporting Centre near where you live. A Reporting Centre near your home will not complete the accident report if it happened in another city. A report to a Reporting Centre needs to be submitted within 24 hours of when the accident occurred.Before you leave the scene of the accident, make sure that you and the other drivers involved in the accident exchange information including:

  • Drivers’ license numbers
  • Drivers’ names and contact information
  • Insurance policy numbers
  • License plate numbers
  • Names of the insurance companies

If the Police attend, ask for the officer’s name, badge number and the incident number.

You should also spend time jotting down information about the accident such as the time the accident occurred, where it occurred, and weather conditions.

Understand that it’s the vehicle owner who must decide which tow truck operator to hire, and not the tow truck that arrives first or for the police to decide.

Let’s hope you never need them, but below is a link to the list of Reporting Centres in Ontario:



Bristol Charity Toy Drive 2017

To help ensure a happy holiday season for those who could use a little help, our employees took it upon themselves to run a Holiday Toy Drive.  Together our employees decided on the Toys for Tots Annual Toy Drive run through Peel Regional Police in partnership with the Salvation Army.  The Toys for Tots program distributes gifts to under privileged children, in the Region of Peel.  We’re so proud of our staff who made it extra special for those in need this year.

Bristol Car and Truck Rentals began gathering toys December 1st and ran the drive through December 15th.    Thank you to all of our employees that donated gifts to this great program.  You’ve made a child’s holiday very special.

The program is still accepting donations, particularly for kids between 10-14 years of age.

Visit the Toys for Tots website for donation information at https://www.peelpolice.ca/en/newsevents/toysfortots.asp



Ontario is Cracking Down on Careless and Distracted Driving

Ontario Cracking Down on Careless and Distracted Driving with Tough New Penalties
Province Taking Action to Keep Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers Safe
September 20, 2017 9:00 A.M

From the Ministry of Transportation Website…

Ontario plans to crack down on careless and distracted driving with tough new rules and penalties that would help improve road safety and keep the most vulnerable road users – including pedestrians and cyclists – safe.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, were in Toronto today to announce the tough new road-safety measures. They were joined by Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina.

The province plans to introduce new legislation this fall that, if passed, would help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers. The proposed measures include:

A new offence for careless driving causing death or bodily harm with penalties that include fines, licence suspension and imprisonment
Tougher penalties for distracted driving, such as using a cellphone while operating a vehicle, including higher fines, more demerit points, and license suspensions
Increased penalties for drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians and escalating fines for drivers who are convicted of multiple pedestrian-related offences within a five-year window
Expanding the use of rear flashing blue lights for enforcement and emergency vehicles.
In addition, the province is consulting on the use of cameras on school buses that capture the offence of illegally passing a school bus, so that this evidence can be admitted into court without a witness.

For 16 years in a row, Ontario’s roads have been ranked either first or second safest in North America, but more can still be done. These strong measures add to recently-announced tough new penalties for those who drive under the influence of drugs, including cannabis.

Keeping Ontario’s roads safe is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
On average, one person is killed on Ontario’s roads every 17 hours. In 2014, pedestrians and cyclists made up approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s road fatalities.
While drunk driving remains in the top-five killers on Ontario’s roads, the province’s most recent roadside survey found that drivers who tested positive for drugs were more than twice the number who tested positive for alcohol.
The proposed legislation builds on existing measures Ontario has introduced to improve road safety including tougher impaired, distracted and street racing laws.
In May Ontario passed legislation to protect the most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists, by giving municipalities more tools to address speeding. These tools include the ability to set reduced default speed limits and use automated speed-enforcement systems on roads with speed limits below 80 km/h that are designated as community safety zones or in school zones.
In June 2015, Ontario passed legislation to toughen penalties for offences such as distracted driving.
The Ministry of Transportation hosted a road safety symposium in June with municipalities and many road safety partners to discuss a broad range of road safety concerns that helped shape the government’s proposed actions to help to save lives on Ontario’s roads.

Access full Article here.


Want to plan a road trip, but where to go?

Road trips, we all love road trips…but if you’re like us, you want to get away, but sometimes can’t think of or decide on where to go.  We’ve compiled a list for you of destinations in Ontario where you can get there easily in a rental vehicle but won’t spend all the time on the road.

In Ontario there is no shortage of great road trips that include lakes, forests, land formations, small unique towns, festivals, and urban cities to explore.
The province is incredibly diverse with lots to offer for everyone.  Below is a list of great places to consider, along with helpful links;

  1. Killarney

    Boost magnificent landscapes, lakes, cliffs with 645 sq kms of wilderness to explore.  Lake and boating activities are in abundance.
  2. Niagara-on-the-lake

    Is in the middle of wine country with many wineries to tour. Niagara-on-the-lake has a heritage downtown to explore with cafes, vintage hotels, fine dining, unique shops, art galleries, and live theatre.  Additionally, only a short drive to Niagara Falls.
  3. Haliburton

    Is blessed with over 600 serene lakes, and is located in the rugged Canadian Shield. Amazing rock formations, fabulous fishing, and boating to experience.  Many cottagers can’t get enough of the lifestyle Haliburton provides.
  4. Collingwood

    Is full of family fun. Quaint villages of the Blue Mountains with beaches, premier golf, scenic caves,  kilometres of amazing cycling paths.  Collingwood is home to many festivals, most notably its Elvis Festival.
  5. Sauble Beach

    Sauble is a definite beach town with 7 kms of pristine sandy beaches, and cool places to eat and drink. Surrounded by camping and cottages with many water activities, SUP, windsurfing, boating, fishing and more.  Plus amazing sunsets each night.
  6. Algonquin Park
    As one of Ontario’s largest provincial parks is it best known for camping, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. However it offers many recreational activities and runs unique special events.  This park has provided inspiration to many outdoors types and artists.
  7. Temagami

    Features spectacular rock faces, sparkling clean lakes, forests, swimming, and is renown for its scuba diving with depths of 350 metres.
  8. Elora

    This small town is full of old world charm. Famous for its gorge and limestone cliffs, it also offers century old shopping in its downtown full of gift shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants. Festivals bring many visitors each year.
  9. Muskoka

    Muskoka is quintessential cottage country! It’s a premier destination for cottagers, boaters, festivals, and all around outdoor activities, with an abundance of small towns to explore, shops, and dining.
  10. Thunder Bay

    Is home to Fort William and has history dating back 11,000 years. It’s an urban centre surrounded by a wilderness setting, situated on beautiful Lake Superior.
  11. Kincardine

    Excellent beaches are to be found here and a wonderful scenic boardwalk. Shops, fine dining, festivals, and live theatre. The big show-stopper here are the sunsets!
  12. Prince Edward County

    This county consists of many small towns and has over 500 kms of shoreline. It has become a destination known for its wine, arts, culture, and food, dating back to the 18th Century.
  13. Thousand Islands

    Here you can cruise among 1800 islands on guided boat tours, visiting famous UNESCO heritage sites. Plenty of museums, shopping, live theatre, and even a casino to keep you entertained.
  14. Point Pelee

    Is the southern most point of mainland Canada. The park here is 15 sq. kms of protected land, jutting out into Lake Erie. Walk the boardwalk to the marshland and explore the beaches.The area provides cycling, golf, nature walks, local shops, and dining.
  15. Sandbanks Provincial Park

    Is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario. It boasts golden sandy beaches and a coastal sand dunes system. With trails, beaches, water activities, and playgrounds it provides for the whole family.
  16. Ottawa

    Our nation’s capital, Ottawa is a vibrant city with so much to see and do.  Museums, national parks, parliament buildings, Rideau Canal, shopping, world class dining, nightlife, and HISTORY!

We’re confident you will find something on our list that will interest you.  Book your rental, pack the car, plan your route, and get out there! Enjoy!