Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Nov. 30, 2017
Sep. 30, 2017
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
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 No    
Document Type 10-K    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Trading Symbol ARET    
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   14,674,580  
Entity Public Float     $ 1,379,058