Here are the things you should try to do on your first day (this may take mmore than a day if you are travelling with children)
Start at the Manitoba Legislature. It's the heart of the city and the province
See the ultra-modern (but opened in 1971) Winnipeg Art Gallery, a few blocks to the north.
Head back south and then east along Broadway, to visit Dalnavert, one of the most important old homes in the city
Drop through the Fort Garry Park and then head east along the River Walk along the Assiniboine River.
Stop at Winnipeg's Union Station and the VIA Rail terminal, with its stunning interior. The Winnipeg Railway Museum is inside
Just to the south is The Forks, at the spot where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red River. It's a local gathering spot, market, and historical site. There's also a Childrens Museum,
Visit the stunning-looking Canadian Human Rights Museum on the west bank of the Red River.
To the north, you pass Shaw Park (baseball diamond) and downtown, with the iconinc Portage & Main interection.
To the north is the Winnipeg Grain Exchange and the historical Exchange District, with some of the oldest buildings in Western Canada. Winnipeg's Chinatown is also in this area
Toi the north of the Exchange District is the Centennial Centre, the focal point for the city's arts community
Head east to teh Red River and take the riverwalk south. Cross over the Red River on the Louis Riel Footbridge, just south of the Provencher Bridge.
You can head north about 500 metres to Fort Gibraltar (one block east on Provencher, and north on Rue Saint Joseph) an old fur trading fort of the Northwest Company.
Head south along the riverbank into Old St Boniface, to see the largest French community west of Montreal
Cross the Red River again over the Norwood Bridge and take a short cut through South Point Park to return to The Forks, or corss St Mary's Rd.into Osborne VIllage
South of the Assiniboine River into Osborne Village, and quint little district with shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. A little further west, on Corydon is the city's Italian district, with many great restaurants.
Here are suggestions for a second day in Winnipeg:
Head south to Assiniboine Park, where there is a zoo, the Leo Mol sculpture garden, the Assiniboine Park Zoo, as well as Canada's largest urban forest.
Head south again to the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education
Head east to the Royal Canadian Mint, and see how Canada's coins are made (free tour but no free samples)
Head east to the Red River to see the campus of University of Manitoba.
Here are suggestions for a third day in Winnipeg:
Head west to the Air Force Heritage Park, just south of the airport to see many propellor and jet planes from the past. There is also the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, (with inside exhibit hall) on the east side of the airport.
Head west to the Living Prairie Museum & Park, which preserves a rare patch of the tall grass prairie that existed in the West. South from the park is Grant's Mill on beautiful Sturgeon Creek
On the west edge of town, past the ring road (Trans-Canada Bypass) is the Red River Exibition Park and the Assiniboia Downs race track
Head northeast along the Perimeter Highway (101) to the north, or take the the Trans-Canada by-pass (Perimeter Highway south (100)) to the south), to view the massive Red River Spillway which each springtime sends the Red River floodwaters around Winnipeg. You can follow Highway 59 to the northeast end of the city to Birds Hill Park a year round recreation paradise, with treed parkland with recreational trails, summer lakes and beaches, and a winter ski hill.
If you are on the way out of town (or just coming in, at the southest corner of the Perimeter Highway is a family amusement area with Fun Mountain Waterslide Park and Tinkertown Amusements.