Quarterly report pursuant to sections 13 or 15(d)

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Document and Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
May 11, 2012
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name ARETE INDUSTRIES INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000820901  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2012
Amendment Flag false  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   7,764,476