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I'm not all that familiar with the northern parts of Manitoba, but if I were you, I'd come straight down Hwy 10 all the way through Riding Mountain National Park. It's pretty in there - trees, lakes, camping areas. If you do that, you can fuel up in The Pas, Swan River and Dauphin before you get to Riding Mountain, and at Wasagaming when you are in the town. Wasagaming is a little tourist town - small shops, cafes, cabins, campground, etc.
From there I'd come out of the park and hang a left at Hwy 357 (Mountain Road), and then south on Hwy 5 to Neepawa. Be sure to stock up on stuff in either Wasagaming or Onanole before you do this stretch though because you won't find services again till Neepawa.
From Neepawa, I would either head straight south on Hwy 5 through Spruce Woods (nice campground there!) to Glenboro, and keep going south to Hwy 3, then follow Hwy 3 along to Morden, and up to Carmen and into Winnipeg from the south ...
From Neepawa, head east to Gladstone (check out the Happy Rock) on 16, then either continue east to Portage La Prairie, and onto Hwy 26 into Winnipeg, or maybe south to Hwy 3 and in that way as suggested above.
If you do head quite far south after Neepawa, Hwy 23 isn't too bad either.
I would avoid Hwy 1 and Hwy 2. Hwy 1 for the traffic and lack of a shoulder, and Hwy 2 for the boredom factor. With the others you've got the occasional little hill and bit of scenery.
Oh and as you get closer to Winnipeg, brace yourself for a flatter terrain than you ever thought possible ... and wind. Lots of wind.
Once you get to Winnipeg, make your way to Bird's Hill Park just north of Winnipeg. It's nice in there and you can camp.