Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Dec. 23, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name ARETE INDUSTRIES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000820901  
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Trading Symbol ARET  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   14,295,413
Entity Public Float   $ 0