Quarterly report pursuant to sections 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2014
May 15, 2014
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2014  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Trading Symbol ARET  
Entity Registrant Name ARETE INDUSTRIES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000820901  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   12,408,459