Annual report pursuant to section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Mar. 31, 2014
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-K  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2013  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2013  
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY  
Trading Symbol ARET  
Entity Registrant Name ARETE INDUSTRIES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000820901  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers Yes  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,408,459
Entity Public Float   $ 2,368,881