Common name: American white water lily
Nymphaea odorata is native to North America. It has fragrant white (or sometimes pink) flowers, and its leaves have a waxy coating that repels water. Its flowers open during the day but close up at night. It grows in slow-moving fresh water. It is both edible and medicinal. It is quite invasive in our water system and is usually removed annually. It is considered an invasive species in parts of BC.
Other Nymphaea in our lakes are various cultivars planted over the years, but they are difficult to identify.
More about water lilies in the Sept. 4, 2020 Garden Story.
Pond photo shows the yellow Nymphoides peltata in the background.